Hazard Mitigation


What is Hazard Mitigation?

Hazard Mitigation is defined as "any sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from hazard events." It is a continuous process that occurs before, during and after disasters and serves to break the cycle of damage and repair in hazardous areas. Please see the link below for a handout on how mitigation benefits society.

Mitigation's Value to Society

The Hazard Mitigation Division at GEMA is made up of a Planning Section and a Risk Reduction Section, with staff dedicated to providing technical assistance to all state agencies and local governments in Georgia. The Division assists in the development of comprehensive hazard mitigation plans and projects to protect state employees, and our citizens, and their property from exposure to natural hazards. The Division also coordinates the update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan every five years.

For more information regarding Hazard Mitigation Planning, please click here or visit the link to the right of the page.

What funding sources does the Hazard Mitigation Division oversee?

The Hazard Mitigation Division administers the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. Through these programs, federal funding is provided to state agencies and local governments for cost effective mitigation projects. The Hazard Mitigation Division also works closely with the National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) on the implementation of the Emergency Watershed Protection program.


For more information regarding Hazard Mitigation Grants, please click here or visit the link to the right of the page.


What are the goals of the Hazard Mitigation Division?


In support of Georgia’s mitigation goals as listed in the State Hazard Mitigation Plan of 2014, the Hazard Mitigation Division:


- Seeks funding through all available federal grant programs for projects that reduce losses and overall state and local expenditures on future disasters.

- Ensures the state and it’s agencies and all local governments remain eligible for future federal disaster assistance (as required by federal law) through the completion of FEMA approved mitigation plans.


Please visit our Georgia Success Stories for examples of how long-term risks have been reduced in Georgia communities.

For questions or comments, please see the Contact Us link to the right or click here.

General Information
Division Director – Terry Lunn
Contact - (404) 635-7522 or GEMA-HazMitPOC@gema.ga.gov
Hazard Mitigation Staff
Mitigation Program Specialists: Joe Edenfield, Natalie Jones, Alicia Soriano
Planning Program Manager: Dee Langley
Mitigation Planning Specialists: Scott Sherman, Alan Sloan, Kelly Keefe