Development of a Hazard Mitigation Plan provides a significant opportunity to reduce the nation’s disaster
losses through mitigation planning. Following a federally declared disaster up to 15% of the amount of the
declaration may be made available for jurisdictions having approved mitigation plans. For example, a
$10,000,000 federally declared disaster will result in as much as $1,500,000 being made available for
performing hazard mitigation projects defined in the jurisdiction’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
After November 1, 2004, only communities, tribes, counties and states with a FEMA-approved
mitigation plan will be eligible to receive mitigation funds following a presidentially declared disaster.
If you don’t have a plan, you get nothing.
By coming together to develop a single Hazard Mitigation Plan cities and counties have a lot to gain.
Planning and implementing mitigation measures rely on teamwork that bring together a broad range of officials
involved in building codes, development, land-use planning, emergency management, and engineering. The cost
of recovery and rebuilding after the destruction caused by a natural disaster is much greater than the cost
of planning and preparing before disaster strikes.
R.D. Flanagan & Associates uses a 10-step process, based on guidance and requirements of FEMA, to develop
hazard mitigation plans.
- Organize to prepare the plan.
- Involve the public.
- Coordinate with other agencies and organizations.
- Assess the hazard.
- Assess the problem.
- Set goals.
- Review possible activities.
- Draft the action plan.
- Adopt the plan.
- Implement, evaluate, and revise.
The complete Yukon Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan
available as an example of a Plan approved by the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) and
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
To see samples from Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plans developed by R.D. Flanagan & Associates, or samples of
Emergency Operations Procedures, click on a location in the map below: