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Mitigation Best Practices Portfolio

In the wake of a disaster, people often wonder if there is anything they can do to protect their family and property from the effects of such devastating losses. Hazard mitigation is the way to provide that protection. Mitigation means taking action now to reduce or prevent future damage later.

There are three important elements to help reduce the impact of disasters on our nation's citizens and communities:

  • Identifying hazards and assessing risks and vulnerabilities;
  • Taking action to mitigate risks (reduce or prevent damage); and
  • Telling the Best Practice story of how it worked.

Learn about Mitigation Best Practices. The stories in this portfolio offer ideas you can use to reduce or prevent damage from disasters.

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Best Practices Stories

Nearly 40 recent mitigation best practice stories have been compiled for viewing on the Best Practices Stories page. These stories highlight the power of mitigation in protecting communities across the country. This collection continues to grow; use the link above to receive best practices updates via email.

In addition, over 800 mitigation best practice stories can be viewed in the public collection of the Homeland Security Digital Library ( These best practices were compiled prior to 2016, but the lessons in these stories are still helpful for communities interested in mitigation now. To search for these mitigation best practices on the Homeland Security Digital Library, type “FEMA Mitigation Best Practices” (including quotation marks) into the search tool on the main page. You do not need an account to view the FEMA Mitigation Best Practices.

Case Studies

To see how others are protecting their lives and property, see our Case Studies. These contain in-depth, analytical information about innovative projects throughout the United States that deal with all types of hazards.

Share your Success

If you have taken measures to prevent losses from disasters at home, at work, or in your community, help us tell YOUR story. By sharing you help spread the word of how important, effective, and life-saving mitigation can be.

Your submission will help us meet our goal of finding Best Practice stories that highlight a variety of hazards, mitigation actions, funding sources and subjects (i.e., individuals, businesses, communities, governmental entities, non-profits, educational institutions, etc.) so we can share this important information with the rest of the nation.

In the past, stories have covered various hazards such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, and drought. The measures taken have included such things as raising electrical outlets; elevating appliances, furnaces/air conditioners, washers and dryers, landscaping, etc.; to more complex measures such as major retrofitting; elevating structures, acquisition (buyouts); stormwater management projects; community mitigation planning; legislation; and building codes.

If you or your community were creative, or took exceptional steps in implementing planning and prevention measures, executing sound floodplain management practices, providing mitigation training or conducting outreach and public awareness activities, let other communities read about it.

If you need guidance on writing your Best Practice you can visit Mitigation Best Practice Guided Format. If you would like information on hazard types visit Hazard Type Associations.

To submit your story, follow the instructions below:

  1. Tell us your story prepared in a Microsoft® Word file. Please keep your submittal to one to two pages.
  2. Submit any photos, maps, graphics, and/or PDF files which may enhance your Best Practice.
  3. Supply us with your phone number and/or email address.
  4. Email your information to

Once you submit your Best Practice or Case Study, we will review your information and possibly include your story in our nationwide collection of Best Practices. If we have questions concerning any of the information you have submitted, we will contact you by phone or email that you provided (your contact info will be visible to FEMA staff only).

Last Updated: 
09/19/2018 - 12:31