The Mitigation Division creates safer communities by reducing future losses to homes, businesses, schools, public buildings and critical facilities from floods, earthquakes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. Mitigation focuses on breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Mitigation efforts provide value by reducing loss of life and property.
What We Do
Build a stronger and safer nation through advance risk analysis and planning; and address those risks through local community involvement.
- The Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit is intended to serve as a roadmap for municipal leaders working to make their communities more resilient to the impacts of a flood disaster. The Toolkit outlines actions one should take to complete the journey. The actions presented are based on a suggested sequence and are grouped into three broader steps which serve as indicators as to when activities should be completed.
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive Program
- Floodsmart.Gov: Your Premier Resource for Flood Insurance Information
- The National Flood Insurance Program
- Flood Map Modernization Program
- Before, During, and After a Flood
Risk MAP - Region II
Welcome to the Region II Risk Mapping, Analysis, and Planning (Risk MAP) website! Region II covers 2 states, New Jersey and New York as well as the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as 8 tribal nations. We are headquartered in New York City, NY.
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Know Your Risk
Floods are one of the most common and costly natural disasters in the nation and can happen in any location at any time. Remember, just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. It is important for you to understand the flood risk to your property so that you can take steps now to keep your family, home and workplace safe from harm. Here are ways you can find out your property’s flood risk:
- View the effective FEMA flood map for your location at the FEMA Flood Map Service Center. Read the Product and Tools Overview page for different viewing options through Google Earth and the FEMA GeoPlatform.
- Contact your community’s floodplain administrator (often an official in the zoning or planning department) to learn more about local flood risks in your area. They can also tell you whether a flood risk project is underway that affects your community.
To understand your flood risk and view your flood maps, visit the Flood Map Service Center (MSC).
To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and how to get flood insurance, visit www.Floodsmart.gov.
Make a plan, be ready for disaster, visit www.Ready.gov.
Community Flood Resiliency Program
The Community Flood Resiliency Program is intended to serve as a roadmap for mayors, council members, business administrators and other municipal leaders to address the need for increased resiliency and reduce the impacts of flooding. The Program outlines actions and provides resources to support community leaders along their journey toward resiliency.
The following tools are available:
- Community Profiles Guidebook- This Guidebook serves as the accompanying document to support the use of the Community Profile and Baseline Tool (commonly referred to as "Community Profiles"), a Geographic Information System (GIS) based tool for municipal leaders to become more resilient.
- Community Profiles -This tool compiles cross-sectional and retrospective information at the municipal level from open source databases. It highlights social vulnerability and baseline resilience from academic indices, along with historical disaster, property value, and NFIP impacts.
- Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit Guidance Document- This guide serves as the accompanying document provides recommendations on a sequence of events that muncipal leaders should follow to aid in tracking community resiliency objectives and goals.
- Community Flood Resiliency Toolkit- This Toolkit helps serves as a "tracker" for municipal leaders. Each action item is assigned a point value that contributes to the overall benefits for the community, and also estimates shortfalls that can be avoided. A checklist and progress bar helps track toolkit completion, and each step can be tailored toward individual communities.
Learn more about these resources to supplement your community’s overall planning efforts.