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FEMA Hazard Mitigation Plans

In the year 2000, the 106th United States Congress passed the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) into law to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The purpose of DMA2K is to lessen the vulnerability of citizens to the natural hazards affecting the United States through the strengthening of mitigation efforts at the state and local levels. Every local, county, and state government are required to have an updated and adopted hazard mitigation plan to be eligible for Public Assistance Categories C - G and Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (UHMA).


FEMA has produced state and local hazard mitigation planning guidance and requirements which must be followed and met to receive FEMA approval. Some of the requirements include a local level natural hazard identification, natural hazard risk assessment, mitigation goals and strategies, and a mitigation action list specific to each jurisdiction. The planning process is identified in the guidance documents and must be strictly adhered to and documented in the plan, as well. Once the plan is drafted, it is sent to the appropriate state agency for review and then to the appropriate FEMA Regional Office for their review and approval. Both state and local plans are approved required to be updated every for a period of five years and then must undergo a comprehensive update and be submitted for approval.

While this may sound extremely complicated and tedious, Insight Planning & Development has over 20 years of experience writing FEMA approved Hazard Mitigation Plans. We coordinate all the elements and planning it takes to produce a plan that adheres to all FEMA guidelines, taking the stress off of your municipality to meet the mandatory requirements by the five-year deadline. 

The following are some of the Hazard Mitigation Plans that our staff has created or updated in the past:

  • Bladen-Columbus Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2015)

  • City of Greer, SC Hazard Mitigation Plan (2010)

  • MTW Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2012)

  • Neuse River Basin Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update (2015)

  • Northeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2017)

  • Pamlico Sound Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2015)

  • Robeson County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2017)

  • Sampson-Duplin Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2016)

  • Southeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (2016)

More recently, we have also completed the 2020 update for the following Regional Hazard Mitigation Plans:

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