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Emergency Planning: Hazard Mitigation Plan

2014 plan

The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) outlines goals, objectives, and specific actions New York City can take to reduce risks. In order to be eligible for post-disaster mitigation funding from FEMA, including Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding, HMPs must be updated every five years. In March 2009, NYC Emergency Management completed the first New York City HMP to help make the city more resilient to hazards.

In April 2014, NYC Emergency Management — in partnership with the Department of City Planning (DCP) and in close coordination with the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency — completed the first update to the 2009 HMP. The Plan is effective April 17, 2014 – April 17, 2019.

View the annual update for the HMP (2015)

Have questions or comments? Contact the Hazard Mitigation Team.

Why develop a Hazard Mitigation Plan?
  • Protect New York City’s residents and built environment;
  • Create a city resilient to hazards;
  • Break the disaster cycle that includes preparedness, response, and recovery; and
  • Fulfill the planning requirement under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 to become eligible for hazard mitigation grant funding.

What hazards are included in the plan?
Hazards included in the plan are: coastal erosion, coastal storms, disease outbreaks, drought, earthquakes, extreme temperatures, flooding, severe weather (i.e., thunderstorms, tornadoes, and windstorms), wildfire, winter storms, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN), cyber threats, and infrastructure failures.

What is New York City doing to make it more resilient to hazards?
Part of the plan development process includes identifying what initiatives ― mitigation actions ― the City is taking (i.e., existing) or could take (i.e., potential) to minimize the effects of a hazard event on New York City's population, economy, property, building stock, and infrastructure.

The comprehensive list of mitigation actions can be found in section 4 of the plan.

Is a Hazard Mitigation Plan required by law?

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) was signed into law in 1988 and provides the authority for federal disaster assistance activities, including preparedness and mitigation along with assistance for response and recovery.

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) amended the Stafford Act to reinforce the importance mitigation planning and emphasize planning for disasters before they occur. DMA 2000 established provisions and requirements for state, local, and Indian Tribal entities to closely coordinate mitigation planning and implementation efforts. States and communities must have an approved Hazard Mitigation Plan to be eligible to apply for and receive FEMA hazard mitigation funds.

2014 Final Hazard Mitigation Plan
Section 1: Cover Page, Table of Contents, and Introduction
Section 2: Planning Process
Section 3: Hazard Risk Assessment: Introduction, Identification, and Organization

Section 4: Mitigation Strategy
Section 5: Plan Adoption
Section 6: Plan Maintenance
Appendix A: Meeting Documentation
Appendix B: Inactive Mitigation Actions
Appendix C: Hazard Mitigation Survey
Appendix D: Acronyms
Appendix E: Glossary

Click here to download the full final New York City Hazard Mitigation Plan.

For more information about hazard mitigation planning, below are additional resources:

More Resources
Learn more about the 2009 New York City Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
Get information about New York City hazards

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