This page discusses the National Mitigation Investment Strategy, its background and goals, and the steps towards implementing a nationwide conversation on mitigation. This page is intended for a variety of audiences, including state and community officials; private sector businesses; non-profits; educational and research institutions; and individuals.
What is the National Mitigation Investment Strategy
Following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) identified a need for a coordinated, Federal and national investment strategy for mitigation that reduces the nation’s exposure to future losses from disasters. In response, the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) produced a National Mitigation Investment Strategy (Mitigation Strategy).
The Mitigation Strategy recommends actions reflecting input and involvement from, and benefits for, all national stakeholders in disaster resilience, including federal departments and agencies; state, territorial, tribal, and local governments (SLTTs); and private and non-profit sector entities such as businesses, philanthropies, foundations, universities, and other non-governmental organizations. The Mitigation Strategy provides an opportunity for national scale coordination around mitigation investment and disaster resilience priorities.
What Does the Mitigation Strategy Mean for You?
The Investment Strategy’s national vision is for the whole community, which includes individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, territorial, insular area, and federal governments.
Mitigation helps the whole community keep natural hazards from turning into disasters. In result, mitigation saves lives. Mitigation activities reduce risks to and impacts on buildings, infrastructure, ecosystems, and cultural, historic, and natural resources. Mitigation activities also improve resilience. Mitigation includes the capabilities necessary to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters.
The Investment Strategy establishes a vision to save lives and money nationwide by investing in mitigation resources and activities such as:
- Building to disaster-resistant codes or standards (for example, infrastructure that can withstand severe storms),
- Collecting and sharing data that identifies disaster risk (for example, flood maps),
- Aligning funding requirements and incentives to make mitigation doable (for example, mitigation grants and loans can be combined to fund projects; and hazard insurance, such as earthquake and flood, rewards policy holders for reducing their risk),
- Identifying weaknesses that increase disaster risk (for example, vulnerability and capability assessments), and
- Sharing expertise and advice on how to mitigate (for example, personnel, planning knowledge, and leading practices)
To learn more about mitigation actions you can take, take a look at this fact sheet or review FEMA’s Mitigation Best Practices library.
The MitFLG includes federal Government representatives, and selected state, local, tribal, and territorial membership, to ensure integration of federal efforts across the whole community. MitFLG membership includes federal department and senior agency officials who can speak definitively on behalf of their respective government organizations.
Federal Departments and Independent Agencies Represented on the MitFLG
Federal membership includes, but is not limited to:
Department of Agriculture
Department of Commerce
Department of Defense
Department of Energy
Environmental Protection Agency
General Services Administration
Department of Health and Human Services
Department of Homeland Security
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Department of the Interior
Small Business Administration
Department of Transportation
Department of the Treasury
SLTT Jurisdictions Represented on the MitFLG
Non-federal membership has included representation from a number of different state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions, such as:
Catawba County, State of North Carolina
State of Tennessee Office of Energy Programs
State of Utah Mitigation and Recovery