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Emergency Planning: Hazard Mitigation

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What is Hazard Mitigation?
Hazard mitigation is any cost-effective and sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life or property from hazards. 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, OEM completed the first New York City HMP to help make the city more resilient to hazards.

In April 2014, OEM — in partnership with the Department of City Planning (DCP) — completed the first update to the 2009 HMP.
View the 2014 HMP
Learn more about the HMP
View the HMP fact sheet
Learn more about New York City hazards

Funding for Mitigation Projects: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
After a presidentially-declared disaster, federal funding is available through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) to City agencies and select nonprofit organizations to fund long-term hazard mitigation measures. The New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services (NYS DHSES) is responsible for administering this program. FEMA awards these grants to NYS DHSES, which administers the funding to New York City sub-applicants. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

If your organization is developing an HMGP application, use the following information for the Planning Requirements section:

  • Date of Plan Approval: April 15, 2014
  • Title of NYC Hazard Mitigation Plan: New York City Hazard Mitigation Plan 2014
  • Risk Assessment information from the 2014 Plan can be found in Section 3: Hazard Risk Assessment
  • Goals and Objectives from the 2014 Plan can be found on pages 275-277 of Section 4: Mitigation Strategy

For more information about the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, visit the links below: On June 10, 2013, the Governor announced at least $500 million available statewide in HMGP for Hurricane Sandy. These funds are available for projects aimed at reducing the impact of hazards, and making New York State more resilient. The registration period for project submissions closed on August 1. Find out more about NYS recovery efforts by visiting

Housing Recovery Information for Individuals Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

The Mayor's Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO) was set up after Hurricane Sandy to return affected residents to permanent, safe, and sustainable housing. The HRO website hosts a wealth of information for New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy, including guidance on mitigation and building resiliency for homeowners looking to rebuild or retrofit their homes.

In December 2012, Mayor Bloomberg created the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency (SIRR) to address how to create a more resilient New York City in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with a long-term focus on preparing for and protecting against the impacts of climate change. In June, the Mayor released a comprehensive report with actionable recommendations both for rebuilding the communities impacted by Sandy and increasing the resilience of infrastructure and buildings citywide.
Read PlaNYC: A Stonger, More Resilient New York

More Resources
On Dec. 9, 2013, the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of City Planning hosted the final Mitigation Planning Council (MPC) meeting. The meeting was used to provide the council with a summary of the planning team’s major findings regarding the hazard risk assessment and the mitigation strategy components of the plan.
View the HMP Closeout Meeting presentation

On June 18, 2013, the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of City Planning hosted a Mitigation Planning Council (MPC) kickoff. The MPC serves as a multidisciplinary group of 38 stakeholders that have an overall interest in reducing the impact of hazards on the natural, social, and built environment. The meeting was used to introduce participants to hazard mitigation, request a list of mitigation actions from each participant, discuss hazard mitigation funding and eligible projects.
View the Mitigation Planning Council Kickoff presentation

On July 26, 2013, the first meeting of the Steering Committee — a core group of 13 agencies and organizations that own or manage some of the City’s largest infrastructure networks and/or engage in planning for or regulating these systems — was held in order to select natural and non-natural hazards to profile for the Hazard Mitigation Plan update, develop goals and objectives for the plan, and discuss current capabilities for mitigating the impact of hazards on the city's physical and social environment.
View the Steering Committee presentation

On Nov. 13, 2013, private sector partners were given a Hazard Mitigation Plan Overview presentation, which includes excerpts from hazard risk profiles, in addition examples of mitigation strategies that lessen the impact of hazards.
View the presentation

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