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Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources

Please visit the FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning website for a comprehensive collection of hazard mitigation resources. A few selected tools, guidance documents, and trainings from FEMA and other sources are highlighted on this page.

For an overview of Vermont specific information on Local Hazard Mitigation Plans and planning grants visit our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan page.


Planning Process and Getting Started

The planning process should start and end with the Plan Review Tool. The elements in the Plan Review Tool are essential for FEMA-approval.

The Vermont Local Hazard Mitigation Plan Review Tool Guide for FEMA Approval – 2021 provides a user-friendly explanation of requirements under each element.

There are a number of on-demand web-based training, training materials, and other resources available of the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Planning – Create a Hazard Mitigation Plan page.

FEMA's Climate Change website provides links to further explore the connection between emergency management and climate change.

The American Planning Association (APA) provides occasional live web-based trainings and planning guides based on current research on hazard mitigation planning.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Storm Smart Cities Guide examines how communities can integrate green infrastructure into their Local Hazard Mitigation Plan.


Community Engagement

FEMA's Guide to Supporting Engagement and Resiliency in Rural Communities examines specific approaches to community participation in rural areas.

FEMA Region II's Guide to Expanding Mitigation dives into integrating equity into the hazard mitigation planning process.


Mitigation Strategy and Actions

FEMA Region I has provided Mitigation Ideas: Possible Mitigation Measures by Hazard Type specific to our region.

FEMA's Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards provides mitigation ideas applicable to the entire United States.

FEMA's Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions: A Guide for Local Communities provides mitigation ideas for protecting and better integrating natural systems in our built environment.

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) provides guidance based on their studies of utilizing nature-based solutions for hazard mitigation projects, learn more on the ELI Hazard Mitigation Planning site.

Please contact the State Hazard Mitigation Planner with specific questions at