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National Mitigation Investment Strategy

This page discusses the National Mitigation Investment Strategy (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, territory, tribal 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 (Investment Strategy).

The Investment 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; and, private and non-profit sector entities such as businesses, philanthropies, foundations, universities, and other non-governmental organizations.  The Investment Strategy provides an opportunity for national scale coordination around mitigation investment and disaster resilience priorities.  

National Mitigation Investment Strategy August 2019

What Does the Investment 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.

MitFLG Membership

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

Government 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

Last Updated: 
01/30/2020 - 15:01