FEMA developed two new resources to help state mitigation programs work with FEMA regional offices. These can be used to help plan annual mitigation program consultation meetings. They can also help mitigation programs prepare for enhanced state validations.
Planning the Mitigation Consultation: Resources for States, DC and Territories (The Consultation Toolkit) will help state, Washington, D.C. (DC) and territorial hazard mitigation planners work with FEMA to plan the annual mitigation program consultation. FEMA shares the responsibility for this event with DC or the state or territory, who should come ready to discuss their mitigation program. This new resource will help DC, state and territorial programs weigh their goals, opportunities and potential mitigation activities and partners prior to this meeting. The toolkit’s checklists can help pinpoint issues to discuss. FEMA will come with resources, data, tools or expertise to help advance those activities and programs.
A FEMA-approved enhanced state mitigation plan documents a sustained commitment to hazard mitigation. FEMA staff, including staff from mitigation planning and Hazard Mitigation Assistance, will validate the state’s enhanced mitigation program each year over the 5-year approval period. This will verify that the program is on track. The Enhanced State Validation Toolkit provides resources for FEMA and state mitigation planning partners. They can use these resources to develop performance measures and commitments for the annual validations.
These documents are designed to give state, DC and territorial hazard mitigation planners the information and resources to proactively work with FEMA. They can also help to improve the effectiveness of annual consultations and enhanced state validations.
To view and download the new resources, visit FEMA.gov.
FEMA’s National Mitigation Planning Program supports state, local, tribal and territory governments with risk-based mitigation planning to reduce or eliminate risks to life and property from natural hazards. The program focuses on building resilience through early and often stakeholder engagement, integration with community planning, and implementation of mitigation actions. For more information, visit Hazard Mitigation Planning | FEMA.gov.