"Following a disaster, FEMA's mitigation programs play a critical role developing and integrating disaster operations policies, procedures, and training under the National Response Plan. The Regional and Disaster Support Branch within the Mitigation Directorate acts as the coordination point for mitigation disaster operations and activities. HAZARD MITIGATION FIELD OPERATIONS MISSION The mission of hazard mitigation is to protect lives and prevent or reduce the loss of property from hazard events. Post-disaster, this is accomplished through comprehensive efforts authorized by the Stafford Act, as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, the National Flood Insurance Act, the Flood Insurance Reform Act, and Executive Orders. FEMA hazard mitigation staff partner with State, local, and Tribal governments to: 1) Assess factors that contributed to disaster effects 2) Identify risk reduction opportunities 3) Educate the public and local government officials in methods to reduce future risks 4) Promote hazard mitigation community planning and project development that will result in sustainable community development 5) Provide grants to fund hazard mitigation projects 6) Assist communities in marketing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) 7) Provide technical assistance to State, Tribal, and local governments to utilize rebuilding as an opportunity for enhanced local codes and ordinances 8) Identify and document proven mitigation actions and projects 9) Quantify the benefits of hazard mitigation"
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