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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.

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

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