On April 19, 2022, FEMA updated its state and local mitigation planning policy guides to reflect “programmatic and administrative” regulatory changes. Such routine changes are made to “continually improve and better support stakeholders in meeting federal requirements when creating hazard mitigation plans.” And that ultimately equates to the ability to receive certain types of mitigation funding.
Changes to the state and local mitigation planning policy guides, as explained by FEMA, include:
The policies, which are the official interpretation of the requirements in the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (as amended) and other federal statutes/regulations, will take effect for all mitigation plan approvals one year from the official release date. Accordingly, state and local governments have a one-year transition period to meet the new requirements.
To help you better understand the changes to the state and local mitigation planning guides, FEMA will host two external webinars.
Webinar #1, which will focus on state mitigation planning policy updates, will take place from 2:00-3:30 PM ET on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. Register in advance at https://www.fema.gov/event/updated-state-mitigation-planning-policy-review.
Webinar #2, which will focus on local mitigation planning policy updates, will take place from 2:00-3:30 PM ET on Thursday, May 12, 2022. To attend, register in advance at https://www.fema.gov/event/updated-local-mitigation-planning-policy-review-webinar.
In the meantime, visit FEMA’s Policy Update webpage to learn more.