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Local Mitigation Planning Resources

Local mitigation plans look at natural hazards that may affect local governments and suggest actions to reduce losses from those hazards.

This page has resources to help update local mitigation plans and support ongoing implementation. Departments within local governments, including emergency managers, mitigation planners, community and economic development planners, floodplain managers, and other stakeholders, may find this most useful.   

Local Mitigation Planning Resources

For more information, to request training, or more technical assistance to build mitigation planning capabilities, local officials can contact their respective State Hazard Mitigation Officer or FEMA’s Senior Mitigation Planner in the Mitigation Division of the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

Mitigation Planning Regulations and FEMA Assistance Programs

Regulations

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), as amended, provides the legal basis for local governments to take on mitigation planning. The Stafford Act requires State, Tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans to receive certain non-emergency disaster assistance. 

Local mitigation planning regulations are in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.6 Local Mitigation Plans.

FEMA Assistance Programs

FEMA has many non-emergency disaster assistance programs that require local governments to review and update their hazard mitigation plans to receive funding. These include:

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)  page provides more detail on FEMA’s mitigation grant programs. The HMA Program has information to help with planning and project grant applications. The Hazard Mitigation Assistance brochures give additional details on the HMA grant programs (HMGP, PDM, and FMA). Other resources include:

Local jurisdictions interested in funding from FEMA’s new Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program must include all dam risk in FEMA-approved mitigation plans in accordance with the requirements set forth in the FY20 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO). Similarly, nonprofit organizations seeking funds must be in a jurisdiction with a FEMA-approved local mitigation plan that includes all dam risks. Eligible HHPDs are dams that fail to meet minimum dam safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.  Resources include:

If your community is working to meet the mitigation planning requirements of the FY 2019 grant program, the FY 2019 NoFO is available online for reference.

Restrictions on Grant Obligations to State, Tribal and Local Governments without a FEMA-Approved Mitigation Plan (2013) shows what happens when State, Tribal, and local governments do not have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan relative to funds under certain FEMA assistance programs. Further information is also on the Hazard Mitigation Plan Requirement page.

For more information, to request training or more technical assistance to build mitigation planning capabilities, local officials can contact their respective State Hazard Mitigation Officer or FEMA’s Senior Mitigation Planner in the Mitigation Division of the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

General Mitigation Resources

Last Updated: 
06/05/2020 - 08:18