Federal Partners in Hazard Mitigation

Federal Partners

There are Federal agency partners with hazard mitigation and resilience programs that can work with your mitigation plan and program. 

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Smart Growth Program

In 2016, FEMA and the EPA renewed their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the two agencies to work together to build safer, healthier, and more resilient communities.  The two agencies will collaborate to help communities recover from disasters and reduce risk in ways that protect the environment, support the economy, and enhance neighborhoods.  FEMA and the EPA will also help communities use smart growth and climate adaptation ideas to improve quality of life and steer development away from vulnerable areas.

EPA Hazard Mitigation Guide for Utilities

The EPA has created an interactive, user-friendly guide that helps utilities understand how to reduce the impact of natural disasters.  This guide explains why mitigation is important, how it should be included in your community’s local mitigation plan, how to identify mitigation projects for each disaster, and how to implement and fund those projects.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Consolidated Plans

The HUD Consolidated Planning Process requires that States and local governments evaluate how vulnerable low- and moderate-income housing is to natural hazards.  Communities evaluate housing vulnerability using readily available data developed by Federal agencies, other analyses (like a hazard mitigation plan), and information available to State and local government grantees.

Economic Development Administration

The Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) guidelines support building strong economies in America’s communities.  CEDS content guidelines encourage communities to consider how they anticipate risk, evaluate how risk can affect key economic assets, and build responsive capacity.  The guidelines encourage coordination with local hazard mitigation planning.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Silver Jackets Program

The Silver Jackets are cooperative teams that bring together many partners to work on risk reduction.  Members of the Silver Jackets learn from one another and apply their knowledge to reduce the risk of flooding and other natural disasters.  They also enhance response and recovery efforts.  For more information, visit the Silver Jackets online.

American Planning Association Reports for FEMA

The American Planning Association (APA) prepared the following reports supported by contracts with FEMA.  Hard copies may be ordered through the APA Planners Book Service online or by phone at (800) 634-7064 (costs may apply).

Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning (PAS 560) (2010) offers best practices to integrate hazard mitigation into local planning processes. 

Planning for Post-disaster Recovery: Next Generation (PAS 576) (2014) is the updated guide for communities to help strengthen their ability to prepare for and implement resilient disaster recovery.  It is an update of the 2005 Report, Planning for Post-disaster Recovery and Reconstruction (FEMA 421, PAS 483-484).

Subdivision Design and Flood Hazard Areas (PAS 584), prepared by APA and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), provides communities with best practices to bring subdivision design together with floodplain planning.  The report includes six planning and design principles, nine recommendations to keep subdivisions safe from flooding, plus standards for review, inspection, and maintenance.