Guide to Virtual Hazard Mitigation Planning Meetings
The Guide to Virtual Hazard Mitigation Planning Meetings document details tips, resources, and potential platforms to facilitate and host effective virtual hazard mitigation planning meetings.
Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide and Handbook
FEMA's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Review Guide (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 (March 2013) is a guide for local governments to develop, update and put in place local mitigation plans. This handbook offers practical approaches, tools, worksheets and planning examples on how communities can develop their local mitigation plan. It is intended as a complement to the Local Mitigation Plan Review Guide.
FEMA's General Hazard Mitigation Planning page can be found here.
Local Plans in Massachusetts
Plans are submitted to MEMA and FEMA Region 1 for review and approval. For more information, please contact MEMA's Mitigation Unit, at Mitigation@mass.gov.
Individuals interested in learning more about the hazard mitigation planning process can take FEMA’s online free training course IS-318.
Additional Resources for
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.
The guide 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
Green Infrastructure and Hazard Mitigation Guide
EPA has released Storm Smart Cities, Integrating Green Infrastructure into Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, a guide that examines how communities can incorporate green infrastructure into local hazard planning efforts. The guide is a case study of efforts in Huntington, West Virginia, highlighting a local, state, and federal partnership and the collaborative effort to address local flooding and protect water quality.
FEMA HM Planning Resources
Sustainability in Mitigation Planning
- Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning and other Planning Activities integration & implementation provides guidance on incorporating risk reduction strategies into plans, policies, codes, and programs for development or redevelopment.
- Planning for Post-disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576) (2014)
- Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 584)
FEMA Region 1 Good Practice Guides
This FEMA Region 1 Good Practice Guides file size 4MB reference describes ideas 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:
- G-318 Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Massachusetts Workshop Slides
- Sample Action Worksheets
- FEMA Region 1 Mitigation Ideas by Hazard Type file size 3MB
- Selected Federal Mitigation Resources
- NFIP Checklist for Effective State Floodplain Management
- Hazard Extent Scales
- FEMA Region 1 Mitigation Planning Webliography
Additional Resources for
Massachusetts Integrated State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan
The State Hazard Mitigation and Climate Adaptation Plan (SHMCAP) for the Commonwealth was adopted on September 17, 2018, in fulfillment of Governor Baker’s Executive Order 569 on climate change. This plan, the first of its kind to comprehensively integrate climate change impacts and adaptation strategies with hazard mitigation planning, also complies with current federal requirements for state hazard mitigation plans and maintains the Commonwealth’s eligibility for federal disaster recovery and hazard mitigation funding under the Stafford Act. The plan received FEMA approval and is effective 9/19/2018 through 9/18/2023. The plan can be viewed at https://resilientma.org/ .