Hazard Mitigation plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is important as it creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters.

Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide and Handbook

FEMA's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning Guidance (October 1, 2011) is the official guidance for State, local, and Tribal governments to meet the requirements of the Mitigation Planning regulations under the Stafford Act and 44 CFR Part 201.

The Local Mitigation Planning Handbook is a guide for local governments to develop, update and implement local mitigation plans. It offers practical approaches, tools, worksheets and local mitigation planning examples for how communities can develop their local plan. It is intended as a complement to the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide.

Hazard Mitigation for Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

This US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) guide encourages water and wastewater utilities to work with their local mitigation planners to implement priority projects using FEMA or other source funding.  It provides an overview of the mitigation process, along with practical examples of mitigation projects to address the impacts of earthquakes, tornados, floods, drought, wildfires and power outages.

Download the US EPA Guide here: https://www.epa.gov/waterutilityresponse/hazard-mitigation-natural-disasters

Local Plans in Massachusetts

Massachusetts FEMA-Approved Local and Regional Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans pdf format of FEMA-Approved Local & Regional Mitigation Plans

Plans are submitted to MEMA and FEMA Region 1 for review and approval. For more information submissions process or to see if your community has an approved plan, contact Marybeth Groff, state hazard mitigation planner at Marybeth.groff@massmail.state.ma.us or 508-820-1435.

How to Submit A Mitigation Plan to MEMA pdf format of How to Submit A Mitigation Plan to MEMA

Individuals interested in learning more about the hazard mitigation planning process and how to write and maintain their own plan can take FEMA’s online free training course IS-318.

FEMA Mitigation Planning "Good Practice" Guides

This FEMA Region 1 Good Practice Guides pdf format of Good Practice Guides
file size 4MB reference describes and models practices which communities and planning staff can use in developing a federally approvable hazard mitigation plan. The twenty-one FEMA requirements are each addressed in separate guides (within this one document). One additional guide offers an optional Table of Contents as an aid for communities organizing their plans.

FEMA also offers the following mitigation planning documents/tools:

Sustainability in Mitigation Planning