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State Mitigation Planning Resources

This page provides resources for various departments within State governments, including mitigation planners and additional stakeholders, to assist in the update of State mitigation plans and support the ongoing State mitigation planning process and implementation.

State Mitigation Planning Resources

The following resources can help State governments update their mitigation plans.

For more information or to request training and technical assistance to build mitigation planning capabilities, State officials can contact their respective Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Senior Mitigation Planner in the Mitigation Division, Risk Analysis Branch of the appropriate FEMA Regional Office.

Mitigation Planning Regulations and FEMA Assistance Programs

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

The State mitigation planning regulations are established in Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.3 Standard State Mitigation Plans and Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) §201.4 Standard State Mitigation Plans. In addition, states can become eligible to receive increased funds under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program through successfully approving and adopting an Enhanced State Mitigation Plan. Under Title 44 CFR §201.5 Enhanced State Mitigation Plans, States must demonstrate that “a State has developed a comprehensive mitigation program, that the State effectively uses available mitigation funding, and that it is capable of managing the increased funding”.

State governments must review and update their hazard mitigation plan as a condition for receiving the following types of non-emergency disaster assistance. These types of assistance include:

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

Further information on FEMA’s Mitigation grant programs is available from the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) program.

The HMA Program also provides information on grant policy and resources that can assist with the development of planning and project grant applications. More information on the HMA grant programs (HMGP, PDM, and FMA) can be found in the Hazard Mitigation Assistance brochures.

States with a dam safety program interested in receiving funding from FEMA’s new Rehabilitation of High Hazard Potential Dams (HHPD) Grant Program must include all dam risks in FEMA-approved mitigation plans.  HHPDs are defined as those that fail to meet minimum dam safety standards and pose an unacceptable risk to the public.  Additional resources include:

For more information or to request training and technical assistance to build 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: 
05/30/2019 - 08:15