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Hazard Mitigation Planning affords communities, the opportunity to lay the foundation for mitigation within a plan that indentifies long term strategies to reduce, or eliminate future risk from natural hazards. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damages to lives, property, and the economy from future disasters. Hazard mitigation planning forms the basis for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage.
The United States Congress, in 2000, adopted the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, providing Federal funding for the development of State and local hazard mitigation plans and projects. Congress now requires states and local governments to develop compliant plans in order to be eligible for Federal hazard mitigation project funding. These plans are reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). New Hampshire Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NHSEM) coordinate the updates of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan and provide technical assistance to state agencies and local governments in developing their hazard mitigation plans and projects.
For more information regarding planning FEMA provides a comprehensive guide to planning.
State Hazard Mitigation Resources
Federal Hazard Mitigation Resources