A multi-hazard mitigation plan:
- Identifies potential natural hazard threats to your community (such as areas likely to suffer flooding or erosion) through a risk analysis.
- Determines likely impacts of those hazards.
- Sets mitigation goals.
- Determines, prioritizes, and implements strategies to lessen the impacts of these hazards on your community.
NOTE: If your community doesn’t have an approved multi-hazard mitigation plan, it will not be eligible for federal post-disaster mitigation grants.
For further information:
- Check FEMA’s official page to see if your community has an approved plan.
- Talk to the designated emergency manager for your community regarding current status and plans for enhancing or updating the plan, and opportunities to get more involved in the process.
- For instructions on how to conduct a comprehensive risk review, see chapter 4 of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Understanding Your Risks: Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses.
- FEMA’s Mitigation Planning Guidance page provides a step-by-step approach for creating a multi-hazard mitigation plan.
- If your community has the technical resources, FEMA and the National Institute of Building Sciences have developed a methodology (called HAZUS) to assess a community’s hazard exposure. See the HAZUS web site.