Expanding Mitigation, Promoting Resilient & Equitable Communities
Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future. In this session we will introduce a set of guidance, Guides to Expanding Mitigation, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 2, which oversees federal emergency management for New York, New Jersey, eight Tribal Nations, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the Territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands developed to promote equity in the process of mitigation planning. The Guides are designed to highlight innovative and emerging partnerships for mitigation that can be achieved at the local, state and federal level. The booklets show how communities can better support hazard mitigation projects and planning by engaging other sectors; supporting FEMA's goal of building a culture of preparedness, as part of the agency's strategic plan and are strategic tools for community risk reduction and mitigation planning.