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Identify and Engage Additional Resources

Identify and engage resources to help you fulfill the needs identified during your needs assessment. Recommended resources may include, but are not limited to:

  • The natural hazard risk assessment and mitigation plan for your community, state, tribe, or territory (if available).
  • Agencies, organizations, or individuals who are responsible for studying and mitigating natural hazards (e.g., geological surveys, regional weather reporting centers, county emergency management offices, hazard mitigation officers, etc.).
  • Technical support (e.g., Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists) available through FEMA, state and/or local government agencies, and private industry to help fulfill any data needs.
  • Existing federal and state grant programs that provide funding to communities or individuals for risk assessment and mitigation planning efforts.
  • Authoritative information and data resources relating to natural hazards, social vulnerability, and community resilience.
  • Authoritative resources providing building codes or other ideas to protect your built environment.
  • Providers of insurance plans that cover natural hazards not covered by standard insurance policies, such as a homeowners’ insurance policy.
  • Agencies, organizations, or individuals who are responsible for managing disaster mitigation, preparation, emergency response, and recovery, and/or provide emergency support funding.

Below is a list of recommended resources to get you started:

Resource Description
FEMA's Building Science Resources Resources that provide guidance on the hazard-resistant provisions in building codes and multi-hazard mitigation guidance focusing on creating disaster-resilient communities to reduce loss of life and property.
FEMA's Cooperating Technical Partners Program An innovative approach to creating partnerships between FEMA and participating National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) communities, regional agencies, state agencies, tribes, and universities that have the interest and capability to become more active participants in FEMA programs.
FEMA's Disaster Assistance Resources for individuals and families recovering from a declared disaster, and for state, local, tribal, and territorial government, or non-profit organizations supporting disaster recovery.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants Grants that provide funding to help communities act to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from natural disasters.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Planning Resources Information and resources intended to help state, local, tribal, and territorial officials and members of the public understand hazard mitigation planning and its benefits.
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Plan Status Resource A summary and interactive map identifying the statuses of Hazard Mitigation Plans in jurisdictions across the nation.
FEMA's Hazus A free software tool used to support risk-informed decision-making efforts by estimating potential losses from earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis, and visualizing the effects of such hazards.
FEMA’s National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) A geospatial database that contains current effective flood hazard data. FEMA provides the flood hazard data to support the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA's National Risk and Capability Assessment A suite of assessment products that measures risk and capability across the United States in a standardized and coordinated process. When analyzed together, these products will better measure national risks, capabilities, and gaps.
FEMA's Mitigation Ideas A resource to help communities identify and evaluate a range of potential mitigation actions for reducing risk to natural hazards and disasters.
FEMA Regional Contacts Contact information for FEMA’s regional offices, which are dedicated to working with communities to reduce the impact of natural disasters and preparing community members for all possible hazards.
FEMA's Resilience Analysis and Planning Tool (RAPT) A free GIS web map that allows federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial emergency managers and other community leaders to examine the interplay of Census data, infrastructure locations, and hazards, including real-time weather forecasts, historic disasters and estimated annualized frequency of hazard risk.
FEMA's Risk Management Resources Information and resources to help identify, assess and prioritize possible risks and minimize potential losses.
FEMA's State Hazard Mitigation Officers Information to direct federal, state, tribal, and local officials to appropriate contacts for hazard mitigation planning questions.
Ready.gov Ready.gov is part of a national public service campaign designed to educate and empower the American people to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate emergencies, including natural disasters. The goal of the campaign is to promote preparedness through public involvement.
State Floodplain Managers A contact list of state-level floodplain managers.
DisasterAssistance.gov A resource for disaster survivors, consisting of information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance.
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Information and resources about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters, and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.
U.S. Census Bureau's Construction Resources A resource for national and regional data for new privately owned housing units collected from the Building Permits Survey and Survey of Construction, which are partially funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
U.S. Census Bureau’s QuickFacts A resource for demographic statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.