Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation

Evan Burn

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Insurance Mitigation Administration (FIMA) recently published new documents in the FEMA Resource & Document Library to support the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs. They recently distributed the following message:

“The President’s 2015 Opportunity, Growth, and Security Initiative (OGSI); Executive Order 13653 Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change; the President’s 2013 Climate Action Plan; FEMA’s Climate Change Adaptation Policy; and the 2014-2018 FEMA Strategic Plan, all identify the risks and impacts associated with climate change on community resilience to natural hazards, and direct Federal agencies to support climate resilient infrastructure.

FEMA is helping communities to incorporate methods to mitigate the impacts of climate change into HMA funded risk reduction activities by providing guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities. FEMA has developed initial guidance on Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities including green infrastructure methods, expanded ecosystem service benefits, and three flood reduction and drought mitigation activities: Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR), Floodplain and Stream Restoration (FSR), and Flood Diversion and Storage (FDS).”

Learn more about each activity and the program itself on FEMA’s website: