The Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation program ensures that FEMA's activities and programs related to disaster response and recovery, hazard mitigation, and emergency preparedness comply with federal environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders.
Find resources to help with compliance and learn about the applicable regulations.
National Environmental Policy Act
The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is a federal law that established a national policy for the protection and maintenance of the environment.
Learn About NEPA Requirements
National Historical Preservation Act
The National Historical Preservation Act (NHPA) directs federal agencies to take into account the effect of any federally funded or assisted project on historic properties.
Learn About NHPA Requirements
Other Relevant Policies
Browse the below listing of laws and executive orders applicable to FEMA actions, or visit the full page of descriptions for all.
- American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978 (AIRFA)
- Archeological and Historic Preservation Act of 1974 (AHPA)
- Archeological Resources Protection Act of 1979 (ARPA)
- Clean Air Act (CAA), 1990 as Amended
- Clean Water Act (CWA), 1948 as Amended 1966, 1972, Section 10 Rivers & Harbors Act, 1899
- Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA)
- Coastal Barriers Resources Act (CBRA)
- Endangered Species Act (ESA)
- Farmland Protection Act (FPA)
- Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA)
- National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)
- Native American Graves and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA)
- Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
- Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (WSRA)
- Wilderness Act (WA)