Integrating Disaster Data into Hazard Mitigation Planning: State and Local Mitigation Planning How-to-Guide   [open pdf - 7MB]

"Hazard mitigation is defined as sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to human life and property from hazards. Following a disaster, there is a great opportunity for stakeholders of all levels to collect a variety of data and information that can help to identify new, or further develop existing, hazard mitigation actions and strategies. This guide will discuss various opportunities to identify data and information that is collected following a disaster and then to integrate that information into local and state hazard mitigation and other planning processes. This guide may be used in conjunction with FEMA's Local Mitigation Planning Handbook, which is the official guide for local governments to develop, update, and implement local mitigation plans. The intent of this guide is to draw from various existing guidance and operations documents and provide users with a clear picture of how the data and information that come out of a natural hazard disaster can be filtered back into the local hazard mitigation planning process to help improve local natural hazard risk reduction actions and strategies. This guide is intended for anyone interested in utilizing disaster data information to plan for and implement hazard mitigation activities. This document does not impose legally enforceable rights or obligations although it references regulations and agency practices"

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