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State Mitigation Planning Resources

This page has resources for state governments to help update state mitigation plans and support ongoing state mitigation planning processes and operations.

State Mitigation Planning Resources

  • The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide (2015) helps state governments update their plans to comply with FEMA’s hazard mitigation planning requirements. It is the official interpretation of the Code of Federal Regulations.
  • The State Mitigation Plan Review Guide Fact Sheet (2015) highlights the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide.
  • The State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins (2016) is a series of brief documents that provides state governments with advice for updating their hazard mitigation plans.
  • Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards (2013) is a resource for reviewing a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk from natural hazards and disasters.
  • IS-329 State Hazard Mitigation Planning (2019) is an online, self-paced course to help state officials understand the policies and methods for updating state hazard mitigation plans (as outlined in the 2015 State Plan Review Guide). It also explains how to use the planning process to advance mitigation.
  • L-329: State Mitigation Planning Workshop (2020) is designed for 2-day classroom delivery. The intent of the workshop is to bring State agencies, stakeholders, and other partners together to leverage their knowledge, buy-in and support for the State Hazard Mitigation Plan and the State’s overall mitigation program. Partners interested in attending or hosting field offerings of L-329 or other training should contact the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

 

For more information, to request training, or assistance on building mitigation planning capabilities, state officials can contact their respective FEMA’s Senior Mitigation Planner in the Mitigation Division of the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

Mitigation Planning Regulations and FEMA Assistance Programs

Regulations

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act), as amended, provides the legal basis for state governments to take on mitigation planning. The Stafford Act requires state, tribal, and local governments to develop and adopt FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans to receive certain non-emergency disaster assistance. 

Regulations for Standard State Mitigation Plans are in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.4.  Regulations for Enhanced State Mitigation Plans are in Title 44 CFR §201.5. States can become eligible to receive more funds under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program by successfully approving and adopting an Enhanced State Mitigation Plan. Under Title 44 CFR §201.5 Enhanced State Mitigation Plans, States must prove that they have “developed a comprehensive mitigation program, that the state effectively uses available mitigation funding, and that it is capable of managing the increased funding.”

FEMA Assistance Programs

FEMA has many non-emergency disaster assistance programs that require state governments to review and update their hazard mitigation plans in order to use the programs. These include:

The Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) page provides information on FEMA’s mitigation grant programs. HMA brochures give additional details on the grant programs Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Flood Mitigation Assistance.

States with a dam safety program interested in funding from FEMA’s new Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program need to include all dam risks in FEMA-approved mitigation plans in accordance with the requirements set forth in the FY20 Notice of Funding Opportunity (NoFO). Eligible HHPDs are those that fail to meet minimum dam safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public. Resources include:

If your State is working to meet the mitigation planning requirements of FY 2019 grant program, the FY 2019 NoFO is availble online for reference.

Restrictions on Grant Obligations to State, Tribal and Local Governments without a FEMA-Approved Mitigation Plan (2013) shows what happens when state, tribal, and local governments that do not have a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan relative to funds under certain FEMA assistance programs. For more information, please visit the Hazard Mitigation Plan Requirement page.

For more information, to request training, or assistance on building mitigation planning capabilities, State officials can contact their respective FEMA’s Senior Mitigation Planner in the Mitigation Division of the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

General Mitigation Resources

Last Updated: 
06/05/2020 - 08:47