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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

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. HHPDs are those that fail to meet minimum dam safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.  Resources include:

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: 
12/19/2019 - 09:04