What’s the [Updated] Plan? Exploring Mitigation Planning Policies

Last year marked 20 years of mitigation since the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. In those two decades, tens of thousands of communities have used mitigation planning to understand and reduce their risks. Mitigation plans are a prerequisite for certain kinds of nonemergency disaster assistance. Mitigation planning is evolving. In 2022, FEMA’s National Mitigation Planning Program is releasing the next generation of state and local mitigation planning policies and resources. The updated policies reinforce resilience as a whole-community effort that builds state and local capabilities to plan for long-term risk reduction, climate change, and equitable outcomes. Speakers offer essential information about policy updates and materials and training available to help communities improve resilience. They describe policies, explain their uses; discuss specific changes, highlighting places where planners have a role; and explain how planners can get more involved in mitigation planning and plan implementation. They highlight best practices from states and communities that are advancing resilience through mitigation planning.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire essential information about FEMA’s updated state and local mitigation planning policies and the materials and training available to help communities improve resilience.
  • Discuss how the updated policies reinforce resilience as a whole-community effort that builds state and local capabilities to plan for long-term risk reduction, climate change adaption, and equitable outcomes.
  • Use best practices to formulate strategies for greater involvement in mitigation planning and plan implementation.

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