Homeland Security and Emergency Services

State Hazard Mitigation Plan

What is Mitigation?

Mitigation involves long-term actions taken to protect lives and reduce the impact of disasters on the built environment (i.e., roads, bridges, buildings). At a minimum, mitigation measures must be technically feasible, cost-effective and environmentally sound.

Current federal legislation (DMA and corresponding regulation - 44 CFR Part 201) requires that an entity have a FEMA-approved mitigation plan in place in order to be eligible for most mitigation project funding.

FEMA mitigation payments that benefit property owners through the mitigation of their structure are not subject to federal income taxation.

NYSOEM staff is also available to answer questions regarding mitigation planning grant opportunities.