FEMA Mitigation Planning Guides
Integrating Disaster Data into Hazard Mitigation Planning
This guide will provide users with a clear picture of how the data and information that come out of a natural hazard disaster can be filtered back into the local hazard mitigation planning processes to improve risk reduction actions and strategies.
FEMA Contractor Tip Sheet
FEMA tips on hiring a consultant to assist with the development and update of your hazard mitigation plan.
FEMA Local Mitigation Planning Handbook (New)
This guidance manual is the primary source to reference during plan development. It provides the information and instructions on how to meet the plan approval requirements.
FEMA Local Plan Review Guide 2011
The Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide helps Federal and State officials assess Local Mitigation Plans in a fair and consistent manner, and to ensure approved Local Mitigation Plans meet federal requirements.
Hazard Mitigation Planning Toolkit
Hazard Mitigation web based tools to assist States, Local, and Tribal Communities involved in Hazard Mitigation Plan Development and Updates.
FEMA How-to #1 Getting Started
This guide provides a summary of the activities and issues involved in the hazard mitigation planning process as well as information on how to initiate the planning process.
FEMA How-to #2 Understanding Risks
This guide focuses on how to develop a risk assessment for your community. Topics covered include identifying hazards, profiling hazards, inventory of assets andestimating losses.
FEMA How-to #3 Developing the Plan
This guide represents the third phase mitigation planning which involves taking the risk assessment and turning that into goals, objective, and mitigation strategies.
FEMA How-to #4 Bringing the Plan to Life
Once the plan has been developed, it is now time for the fourth phase of the planning process which is implementation. This guide provides information on how to implement, evaluate and revise the plan.
FEMA How-to #5 Using Benefit-Cost Review
One of the requirements to the plan is a prioritization of mitigation actions based on a review of benefits and costs. This guide provides instructions and examples on how to use the benefit-cost review.
FEMA How-to #6 Historic Property and Cultural Resources
This guide provides information on how to integrate historic property and cultural resource considerations into hazard mitigation planning.
FEMA How-to #7 Integrating Man-made Hazards
This guide provides information on how to integrate man-made hazards into the hazard mitigation plan.
FEMA How-to #8 Multi-Jurisdictional Mitigation Planning
Local governments have the option to develop multi-jurisdictional mitigation plans. In order to meet approval, key requirements have to be met. This guide uses the FEMA plan review crosswalk to explain these requirements and how to meet approval.
FEMA How-to #9 Using the Plan to Prepare for Projects
One of the fundamental purposes behind mitigation planning is to develop actions or projects that will reduce the long-term risk from hazards. This guide provides instructions on how to proceed with developing appropriate mitigation projects.
Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning
This document provides information to local government officials on how to best integrate hazard mitigation into the full range of community planning activities.
This guide provides a resource that communities can use to identify and evaluate a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters.
Mitigation Planning Fact Sheet
FEMA fact sheet on Mitigation Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities
Mitigation's Value to Society
FEMA fact sheet on mitigation's value to society.
State Mitigation Plan Review Guide 2015
This document is FEMA's official policy on and interpretation of the natural hazard mitigation planning requirements. The Guide will help facilitate consistent evaluation and approval of state mitigation plans including plan updates.
GEMA/HS Mitigation Planning Documents
Hazard Frequency Table
This spreadsheet can be used to determine the frequency of specific hazards within a community. By updating and reviewing this table over time, it may be possible to see if certain types of hazard events are increasing or decreasing in frequency.
GEMA/HS Worksheet #1
This is a worksheet that can be found in the FEMA How-to Guide #2. It is a tool than can be used in mitigation plan development to identify the hazards within a community.
GEMA/HS Worksheet #2
This worksheet is a tool that can be used when developing the hazard profiles.
GEMA/HS Worksheet #3a
This worksheet is a tool that can be used during the inventory of community assets.
GEMA/HS Worksheet #4
This worksheet is a tool that can be used in the evaluation of alternative hazard mitigation activities.
GMIS Critical Facility Data Collection Spreadsheet
This document is intended to be used where a significant amount of critical facility data exists and can be electronically transmitted for incorporation into the GMIS system.
GMIS Instructional Information
This document provides instructions on how to use the Georgia Mitigation Information System. GMIS is a web based tool for mapping and reporting of Critical Facilities, Mitigated Properties, and Repetitive Loss Properties.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation Plan Template
This is a plan template developed by GEMA/HS to provide an example of how a mitigation plan could be formatted. It is specifically structured to meet the Federal Planning Requirements of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 Section 322.
Local Mitigation Plan Review Tool - Appendix A
The review checklist requirements have been changed including additional requirements that were not emphasized in the previous crosswalk. Please note that the State Requirement (Element F) has been changed from the previous crosswalk.
Requirement Changes Between Crosswalk and Review Tool
This document compares the requirements between the crosswalk and review tool.
HM and Long Term Recovery Planning
PAS Report 483/484: Planning for Post Disaster and Reconstruction
Policies for providing planning for post-disaster recovery and reconstruction
Planning for a Sustainable Future
This FEMA document is about hazard mitigation, disaster resistance, sustainable development and livability, and describes the linkages among these concepts.
Rebuilding for a More Sustainable Future: An Operational Framework
This document provides guidance to Emergency Management staff in the post-disaster response and recovery process.
Holistic Disaster Recovery
This is an all-purpose handbook on how to build sustainability into a community during the recovery period after a disaster.
National Disaster Recovery Framework
The National Disaster Recovery Framework is a guide to promote effective recovery, particularly for those incidents that are large-scale or catastrophic.
Pre-Application for Drainage Project
This worksheet is for all drainage improvement proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Pre-Application for Generator
This worksheet is for all Generator for Critical Facilities proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.
Pre-Application for Property Acquisition
This worksheet is for all property acquisition proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Voluntary Owner Interest Form
This form is required for all property acquisition proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program
Pre-Application for Property Elevation
This worksheet is for all structure elevation proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Pre-Application for Safe Room
This worksheet is for all Safe Room proposals that meet the criteria in FEMA P-320 Third Edition and FEMA P-361 Second Edition for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program.
Pre-Application for Wildfire
This worksheet is for all Wildfire proposals that meet the FEMA Wildfire Mitigation Policy for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.
Pre-Application for Wind Retrofit
This worksheet is for all wind retrofit proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program.
This worksheet is for all warning and communication proposals for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
Emergency Management and Assistance
Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000
DMA 2000 (Public Law 106-390) provides the legal basis for FEMA mitigation planning requirements for State, local and Indian Tribal governments as a condition of mitigation grant assistance.
FY13 HMA Guidance
This is the FY13 FEMA grant guidance for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Addendum to FY15 HMA Guidance
This Addendum to the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance provides information that is generally applicable to particular types of HMA projects.
FY15 HMA Guidance
This is the latest FEMA grant guidance for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program, and Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207, and Related Authorities
Building Partnerships to Reduce Hazard Risks
Tips for Community Officials, Colleges and Universities
Community Participation Techniques
This list provides an assortment of methods to reach the largest audience and solicit meaningful input, while also taking into consideration your community’s budget, schedule, and target audience.
This guide addresses the interests of developers and people living in community associations at risk from wildfire.
Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning
This report promotes the concepts of safe growth and includes six major case studies from across the nation on best practices for integrating hazard mitigation into all aspects of the local planning process.
Mitigation Communication Strategy
The Communication Strategy for Developing and Promoting Mitigation Best Practices and Case Studies is designed to facilitate the sharing of effective mitigation strategies and practices, to increase public awareness and to compel citizens to take action.
Audit Tips for Managing Disaster-Related Project Costs
This report from the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General will assist Disaster Assistance applicants to document and account for disaster related costs, minimize the loss of FEMA disaster assistance funds, and maximize financial recovery.
Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for your Home or Small Business
This publication provides safe room designs that will show you and your builder/contractor how to construct a safe room for your home or small business.
Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms
This publication provides guidance about the design, construction, and operation of community safe rooms and storm shelters, and for extreme-wind events.
Tornado Protection: Selecting Refuge Areas in Buildings
This publication provides guidance to help building administrators, architects, and engineers select the best area of refuge in existing schools.
Residential Tornado Safe Room Doors
Fact Sheet for selecting residential tornado safe room doors.
State Hazard Mitigation Strategy
Georgia Hazard Mitigation Strategy
Georgia Hazard Mitigation Strategy Standard and Enhanced Plan
Georgia Hazard Mitigation Strategy Appendices
Appendices to the 2014 Georgia Hazard Mitigation Strategy