Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Program (LHMP)
It is clear that communities that make a commitment to community safety through hazard mitigation are able to propose, develop and implement hazard mitigation strategies.
New Plan Guidance
Guidance & Regulations
NFIP and CRS
LHMP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- What is the purpose of DMA 2000 and how does it impact local governments?
- What is the local hazard mitigation planning process?
- What laws govern the hazard mitigation planning process?
- What guidelines do we need to follow in determining the content of an approvable local hazard mitigation plan (LHMP)?
- The Federal Code of Regulations refers to "natural" hazards only, is that all that is "required" in the Local Hazard Mitigation Plans?
- For Multi-Jurisdictional Plans, what is the State's perspective on which agency or agencies should serve as "lead agency."
- If a community does not have an approved Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP), is that community still eligible to receive disaster assistance under the federal Public Assistance (PA) program?
- The planning criteria outlined in 44 CFR Part 201 discuss the development of countywide or multi-jurisdictional plans (which must be adopted by all jurisdictions included), since many issues are better resolved by evaluating hazards in a more comprehensive fashion. If a jurisdiction within the boundaries of a multi-jurisdictional planning area does not participate in the planning process and/or does not formally adopt the plan, what are the implications to the other participating jurisdictions within that multi-jurisdictional plan?
- Do the details of specific mitigation projects have to be included in a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (LHMP) in order to meet the grant requirement projects be in compliance with a jurisdiction's approved LHMP?
- Must private nonprofit organizations (PNPs) have a FEMA-approved multi-hazard mitigation plan in order to receive HMGP project funds?
- Must school districts (or independent school districts, or other special districts defined as local governments at 44 CFR 201.2) have a FEMA-approved plan in order to receive HMGP project funds? (Note: Independent school districts are independent of the local government where they are located.)
- Are jurisdictions that are not participating in the NFIP eligible to receive HMGP Planning grants?
- If a jurisdiction identifies flooding as a hazard in its mitigation plan, but does not participate in the NFIP, can FEMA still approve the plan?
- Will a local plan be approved if it does not address the "shoulds" sections of the local planning requirements?
- If a jurisdiction does not have an approved plan when a disaster is declared, can the jurisdiction receive an HMGP project grant?
- Must a local jurisdiction amend a previously approved plan to add mitigation projects eligible for PDM-C funding?
- Must all participating jurisdictions in a multi-jurisdictional plan meet all the local planning requirements, just as if they were participating in a single jurisdictional plan?
- How can a local jurisdiction join in on an already approved multi-jurisdictional plan?
- Are annual EMPG funds contingent upon a State meeting the Section 322 planning requirements?
- What should be the role of private nonprofit organizations in the development, review, and approval of local mitigation plans?
- What level of detail should be provided in mitigation plans with respect to Benefit/Cost calculations for projects?
- What level of detail is necessary for a Risk Assessment?
- Does FEMA require the use of HAZUS-MH for risk assessment?
- For planning purposes, what should be considered a critical facility?
- What level of detail is needed in the plan's identification of critical facilities?