Local communities need to plan for how they will adapt to increased wildfires, floods, drought, storm intensity, sea level rise, and more.
Communities often find Hazard Mitigation Planning complicated, expensive, and feel they lack the capacity to address these challenges.
Also, many Hazard Mitigation Plans only have historic data that is no longer sufficient. With climate change, data based on projected future conditions is vital to effective planning.
However, there is good news! After a declared presidential disaster, communities may access FEMA funds to develop a full climate adaptation plan and receive training in how to update Hazard Mitigation Plans with current climate data.
This is possible through funding from the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
If awarded funding, communities can contract with our Climate Solutions University program to complete a climate adaptation plan. While we cannot apply directly for this funding, a community may apply to receive our services.
FEMA can fund up to 75 percent of the eligible costs of each project. The grantee must provide a 25 percent match, which can be fashioned from a combination of cash and in-kind sources.
For more information on the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer or the FEMA Regional Office in your area.