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Mitigation

Despite billions of dollars spent to "control" floods or reduce risk, statistics show that each decade since 1900 has witnessed more flood losses than the previous decade. In addition, other large-scale factors like demographic shifts toward the nation's coasts and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina hint that this pattern is likely to continue. Mitigation stands out as one of the best options that the nation has to combat rising flood losses, and studies have shown that hazard mitigation, overall, is highly cost-effective. Mitigation frequently presents "win-win" situations by breaking the cycle of repetitive flood loss while also complementing other floodplain management objectives. However, successful mitigation is often not well understood because few people notice when a disaster does not happen. 

See also:

Mitigation Technical Assistance

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

National Park Service (NPS)

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program Links

Adobe PDF ASFPM Comments on HMA and ASCE 24-05, FEMA Policy 203-074-1 (July 2013)

FY13 Unified HMA Grant Information

Adobe PDFTop Ten Program Guidance Changes
Adobe PDFHMA Unified Guidance
Adobe PDF
Addendum to the HMA Unified Guidance
Adobe PDFASFPM HMA Application Concerns (6/2013)
Adobe PDFFEMA Response to ASFPM HMA Application Concerns (7/2013)

 

 

Federal Legislation Affecting Mitigation Funding

Letters Opposing Pre-Disater Mitigation Grant Earmarks

Adobe PDFSouth Carolina Association for Hazard Mitigation (SCAHM) Opposes PDM Earmarks (5/08)
Adobe PDFKentucky Association of Mitigation Managers Opposes PDM Earmarks (4/08)
Adobe PDFNew York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Assoc. Regarding PDM Earmarks (4/08)
Adobe PDFNew Jersey Floodplain Management Association Letter Regarding PDM Earmarks (4/08)
Adobe PDFOhio Floodplain Management Association Letter Regarding PDM Earmarks (3/08)
Adobe PDFASFPM Letter Regarding Set-Asides in 2008 PDM (1/08)
Adobe PDFList of 2008 PDM Earmarks
Adobe PDFASFPM Testimony before the Senate EPW Committee; The Stafford Act in a Post-Katrina World (7/06)

Letters Opposing Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Act of 2008 (S. 3175)

Adobe PDFGAFM Letter Regarding PDM S.3175 (7/08)
Adobe PDFASFPM Letter to Senate Regarding PDM S. 3175 (7/08)
Adobe PDFMAFSM Letter to Senator Cardin Regarding PDM S.3175 (7/08)
Adobe PDFMAFSM Letter to Senator Mikulski Regarding PDM S.3175 (7/08)
Adobe PDFIAFSM Letter to Senator Obama Regarding PDM S. 3175 (7/08)
Adobe PDFIAFSM Letter to Senator Durbin Regarding PDM S. 3175 (7/08)

Other Documents

Adobe PDFMitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards (02/13)
Adobe PDFHighlights of ASCE 24-05 Flood Resistant Design and Construction (10/08)
Adobe PDFMultihazard Mitigation Council - Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: An Independant Study to Assess the Future Savings from Mitigation Activities (Summary Report, 12/05)

Adobe PDFFlood-Resistant Local Road Systems: A Report Based on Case Studies - by American Lifelines Alliance (1/05)
Adobe PDFASFPM Comments on Pre-Disaster Mitigation, pdm responding to FEMA's request for input for a report to Congress (12/04)



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