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Region VII: Mitigation

This page has information about the Mitigation Division.

Welcome, From Region VII Mitigation Division Acting Director Teri Mayer

Operationally, and to best accomplish its mission, the division is comprised of four major components: Risk Analysis, Floodplain Management and Insurance, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, and the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Program. 

There are 37 employees working in the Mitigation Division. We are engineering, planning, environmental, grant and flood insurance and floodplain management specialists.

Mitigation works to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation means taking actions before a disaster to reduce the human and financial consequences later (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring risk).

There are four components of the division:

  • The community floodplain mapping and hazard planning branch (Risk Analysis Branch) creates maps and helps communities stay safe from disaster impacts.

  • The community floodplain regulations and flood insurance branch (Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch) monitors floodplain administration and assists communities, lenders and insurance agents with understanding the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • The mitigation funding branch (Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch) supports communities as they work to reduce risks from future disasters by providing grants following a Presidential Disaster Declaration.

  • The program for protecting the environment and historic significance (Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Program) provides review and guidance to communities to help them stay compliant with preservation laws and regulations.

Community Floodplain Mapping and Hazard Planning (Risk Analysis Branch)

We are engineers and environmental, planning and mitigation specialist who work with communities to reduce the risks from natural hazards.

We promote disaster resilience by partnering with communities to help them identify and plan for natural hazard risks. Every community has unique risks, so the Risk Analysis Branch uses engineering and planning tools to identify natural hazards, determine vulnerabilities and develop ways to manage them. There are six programs within the Risk Analysis Branch.

  • The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official online location to find all flood hazard mapping products created under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including your community’s flood map, called a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).

    • If a property owner thinks their property has been inadvertently mapped within a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), they may submit a request to FEMA for a Letter of Map Change (LOMC).

    • Learn if your community has Preliminary Flood Hazard Maps and how they may be impacting your property and community. These preliminary maps provide an early look at the community’s projected flood risk. The maps help property owners, community officials, financial lenders and other industry professionals understand how their current FIRM may change when the preliminary data becomes effective.

  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning is a process to create policies, as well as identify action and projects that will reduce a community’s risk for and future losses from disaster events. Mitigation plans create a framework for decision-making to protect a community’s economic stability.

  • Safe Rooms. A safe room is a fortified structure specifically designed to meet FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection during high wind events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Safe Room Resources include publications and documents about tornado safety, safe rooms and building safe rooms for your home, business or community.

  • Building Science works to produce guidance to help communities plan for and protect against an assortment of natural hazards.

  • The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) was created in 1977 and directs four federal agencies to coordinate, implement and maintain the program to reduce injuries and loss of life and property caused by earthquakes. These agencies include FEMA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

  • HAZUS-MH (Hazards U.S.-Multi-Hazard) is a powerful risk assessment software program used to analyze potential losses (life and property) from floods, hurricane winds and earthquakes. The program produces estimates of hazard-related damage before or after a disaster occurs.

Resources for federal, state, tribes and local governments, as well as building contractors and homeowners:

Community Floodplain Regulations and Flood Insurance (Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch)

We are insurance and floodplain management specialists administering the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

The floodplain management program focuses on state and local building codes and zoning regulations to ensure new development and substantial-improvements are constructed to prevent or minimize future flood damage. The insurance program provides flood insurance training programs and outreach efforts to insurance agents, lenders and property owners.

  • Floodplain Management is a community-administered program supporting preventive and corrective measures to reduce the risk of current and future flooding.

  • Flood Insurance program provides insurance to property owners in communities with floodplain management regulations. The website is intended for property owners, insurance agents, and lenders. Put in your address and find your flood risk.

Resources for state and local officials, claims adjusters, property owners, insurance professionals, lenders, and surveyors:

  • Identifying flood hazards through mapping is the basis of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations and flood insurance requirements

  • Floodplain management publications and references useful to individuals, communities, and businesses wanting to learn more about floodplain management

  • Flood insurance reform provides legislation by adjusting premium increases, issuing new rates and map updates, supporting mitigation and ensuring special advocacy to connect policyholders with the information they need to better understand the program

  • NFIP Technical Bulletins provide guidance on how to build in the floodplain.

Mitigation (Hazard Mitigation Assistance Branch)

We are grant specialists working to oversee the administration of three grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding to states, tribes, local governments and private non-profit organizations in implementing mitigation actions. The intent of mitigation is to assist communities in becoming disaster resistant and economically resilient.

  • The Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program is funded through an annual appropriation providing grant funds for projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds are made available after a presidentially-declared disaster. These funds assist in implementing mitigation measures to reduce risk of damage from future events.

  • The Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) is a grant program funded by an annual appropriation and provides funding for community mitigation measures. The PDM program was created to reduce flood risk associated with repairing, replacing and rebuilding after a disaster.

Grant recipients and sub-recipients resources:

Federal, state, tribal and local governments, building contractors and homeowner resources:

Protecting the Environment and Historic Preservation (Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Program)

We are environmental specialists working in the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) program integrating the protection and enhancement of environmental, historic, and cultural resources into FEMA's mission, programs and activities.

The EHP program works with FEMA-administered programs and grants to comply with federal environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders. The EHP also provides environmental and historic preservation technical assistance to FEMA staff, local, state and federal partners.

Learn more about Protecting the Environment and Historic Preservation. Find activities triggering an environmental review, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, defining the full-scope of a federal environmental review, eight-step planning process for state and local government floodplain/wetland management, environmental review process for anyone receiving FEMA funds,  documents and public notices for FEMA region VII, and environmental and historic preservation laws and executive orders.

Last Updated: 
10/08/2019 - 12:15