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Hazard Mitigation Planning offers communities the opportunity to create a framework for successful mitigation within a plan following an all-hazards approach. The planning process is just as important as the plan itself; the plan is built on the premise of risk-based decision making to reduce impacts to lives, property, the environment, and the economy from future events. 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.
Plans are written to meet federal regulations (44 CFR 201) based upon the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. These regulations require the development of compliant state and local hazard mitigation plans in order to be eligible for Federal hazard mitigation grant funding. State and local Plans must be updated every 5 years to remain eligible for funding consideration.
NH HSEM coordinates the update of the State Hazard Mitigation Plan and conducts plan reviews as well as provides technical assistance to local municipalities in developing their hazard mitigation plans. The plans are reviewed and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).