Pre-Disaster Planning & Resources


Mitigation is especially powerful when it is coordinated with other community planning processes, regulations, and policies.  The publications listed below help communities bring the principles of hazard mitigation into planning efforts.

Integrating Hazard Mitigation Into Local Planning: Case Studies and Tools for Community Officials (2013) provides practical guidance on how to incorporate risk reduction strategies into existing local plans, policies, codes, and programs that guide community development or redevelopment patterns. The following five fact sheets accompany this document.

Integrating Historic Property and Cultural Resource Considerations into Hazard Mitigation Planning (2005) shows communities how to develop and implement a pre-disaster planning strategy for historic properties and cultural resources.


FEMA Finalizes Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments

February 2017

FEMA finalized the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for Local Governments.  This guide is designed to prepare local governments for recovery efforts from future disasters by engaging with the whole community and planning for recovery activities that are comprehensive and long term.  The guide also provides tools for public engagement and identifying existing recovery resources outside partnerships that could help local governments build resilience.

The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide was developed by the Community Planning and Capacity Building Branch as a component of the National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF), and is the second in a series of three.  The Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for States was released at the end of 2016 and a guide for tribes is currently being developed (see below).

Link to the PreDisasterRecoveryPlanningGuideforLocalGovernmentsFinal.pdf.


FEMA Finalizes the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments

January 23, 2017

At the end of 2016, FEMA finalized the Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning Guide for State Governments.  This Guide is the first in a series of three that will be released in the next year that will include a guide for local governments and a guide for tribal governments.

FEMA designed these planning guides to help states and territories prepare for recovery by developing pre-disaster recovery plans that follow a process to engage members of the whole community, develop recovery capabilities across State government and nongovernmental partners, and ultimately create an organizational framework for comprehensive state recovery efforts.  A pre-disaster recovery plan, and the inclusive process used to develop it, establishes resilience through state-level leadership and structure, forms communication channels, and builds whole-community partnerships to support recovery efforts.

The Guide provides useful information that will support the preparation of state agencies to more easily adapt to new post-disaster roles needed to manage new or modified sources of state and Federal recovery resources. 

You can view by clicking Pre-DisasterRecoveryPlanningGuideforStateGovernments.  For any questions regarding this guide, please reach out to




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