Fire Safety and Prevention
Mitigation planning is important to identify
the hazards that affect your community and
developing a strategy to mitigate those hazards.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K),
which amended the Stafford Act, places a strong
emphasis on mitigation planning. The DMA2K makes
mitigation plans for state and local governments
a requirement to become eligible for funding
through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).
To implement the DMA2K, FEMA published a
final interim rule in the Federal Register on
February 26, 2002. This rule outlines the
specific requirements that mitigation plans must
contain to be approved by FEMA. Plans must be
approved by November 1, 2003 to remain eligible
for HMGP funding.
For more information on mitigation planning,
please visit the following sites or contact
the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at (803)