Mitigation Investment for the Nation

The Mitigation Framework Leadership Group is seeking input on topics related to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy.  The goal of the strategy is to identify data, information, ideas, and experience to help guide national investments in disaster resilience and hazard mitigation.

Major disasters like Hurricane Sandy, EF-5 tornadoes in Oklahoma and extreme weather events in Colorado persistently test our Nation’s capacity to adapt and recover. Federal, state, local, tribal, territorial, non-profit, and private sector organizations have accepted the challenge to make communities and critical infrastructure less susceptible to these hazards.

However, each organization has different approaches, funding sources, mandates, and requirements for investing in efforts to mitigate disaster risk. This has created a complicated mix of priorities and pathways for communities to navigate if they want to incorporate mitigation and long-term disaster resilience into planning, building and rebuilding.

A National Mitigation Investment Strategy accomplishes two goals:

  • Increases the effectiveness of investments in reducing disaster losses and increases community resilience
  • Engages stakeholders across the nation in identifying and implementing strategies that can help guide resource allocation decisions by the federal government, as well as, state, local, tribal and territorial entities.

Please feel free to comment on or discuss this topic or any of these topics. If you prefer to e-mail your response directly, e-mail it to fema-nmis@fema.dhs.gov (The e-mail address is case sensitive, so please use all lower case). For more information and opportunities to provide input, please visit our website at www.fema.gov/national-mitigation-framework.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Resilient Built Environment

  • Examples of how you, your business, professional organization or community planned or invested to mitigate natural hazard risks, either in anticipation or because of a disaster. Mitigation measures could include building or infrastructure design improvements.
  • Examples of factors (events, people, experiences) that influenced you as a person, business, professional organization or community in deciding to make investments in becoming more resilient to disasters.
  • Examples of financial, technical or other assistance, or incentives, that were available to help support decision making and financing, and from whom (federal, state, local, private, or other).
  • Examples of types assistance you may have sought, but the assistance was not available with respect to necessary timing, coordination, or other constraints

Improved Coordination of Disaster Risk Management among Federal, State, Local, Tribal, Territorial, and Private Entities

  • Examples of your experience with disaster mitigation or resiliency coordination, both positive and negative.
  • Examples of how different levels of government streamlined interactions in order to facilitate resilience investments.

State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Governments Increasingly Share Fiscal Responsibility for Risk Reduction with the Federal Government

  • Examples from non-federal governmental organizations that have invested their own resources in a disaster resilience measure or program.
  • Describe any incentives that may encourage non-federal government investment.

Increased Private Sector Involvement in Resilience Finance

  • Examples of private sector organizations that helped with individual or community resilience implementation.
  • Examples of any innovations or new ideas generated by the private sector used to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
  • Examples of any challenges or barriers for the private sector to implement a resiliency measure for a community or individual.
  • Share your thoughts on how the government can more effectively engage private businesses and citizens in sharing responsibility for disaster risk reduction, including activities and investments to mitigate risk and build resilience.

Improved Provision of Federal Data and Digital Services to Support Risk-informed Mitigation Investment

  • Examples of how you use technical data from Federal agencies when considering your disaster risks and implementing resiliency measures where the information was helpful and useful
  • Examples of challenges in accessing or using Federal data.

Improved Disaster Risk Communication Resulting in Increased Risk Awareness and Risk Reduction

  • Examples of specific programs or ad campaigns that motivated you to take an action to reduce your risk, as well as examples of risk communication that did not.

Mitigation Investment for the Nation

Submitted by (@shanemoore42)

Mitigation Train-the-Trainer courses

Programs and courses such as FEMA’s “Train-the-Trainer” courses should be utilized to their fullest to train a wide array of stakeholders involved in education and outreach in their respective sectors. Through a strong and continued presence these trainers can continually build and expand the network of “mitigation informed” communities and organizations.

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Submitted by (@erikxwood)

Realizing the Vision with a Single Step

Excerpt from longer argument: FEMA exercised its strength on the incident response side of disaster management when it created NIMS and ICS in the National Response Framework. Many resisted, but that common language has been a success. For the same reasons, on the programming side, FEMA must now propose a national template to measure capabilities, resources, resiliency, and vulnerability. "The lack of agreement on ...more »

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Submitted by (@njbuls)

Virtual Instructor Led Training and EMI VTTX on Tech Hazards

The multiple hurricanes and natural disasters of 2017 illustrated severe cascading effects from tech hazards impacted by natural disasters, and by failures of major critical infrastructure. In order to better support state and local emergency managers (as well as FEMA IMAT/LNO personnel) I would suggest the development of a Virtual Instructor Led course or series of EMI or CDP courses on natural disaster impacts to technological ...more »

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Submitted by (@geohaz)

Swiss Natural Hazard Mitigation Program

Suggest looking at the Swiss PLANAT program for guidance on this topic as they have over 15 years of implementation experience we can learn from. A few key points of their program: 1. They do risk based cost benefit analysis and assign funding requirements based on the level of risk reduction that is received. A town, railroad, highway department, and even private entity can be asked to contribute a share of the mitigation ...more »

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Submitted by (@lukesnan2)

Flood mitigation alternatives

repetetive flood properties should be aided with flood mitigation other than raising home. grants can only be used for raising property. engineers should be able to come up with some other mitigation alternatives. most elderly residents do not have funds available this grant does not cover full cost. additionally raising would make home inaccessible for senior citizens without installation of elevator. another costly ...more »

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Submitted by (@tmorrill)

Change the way FEMA distributes funds to Applicants

Lately we all hear is about the way that FEMA has been listening to the Applicants and has changed to be more responsive to the Applicants. What FEMA doesn't seem to hear is "Where is my money?". FEMA needs to go to Congress and change the Stafford Act so that we can directly fund the Sub-Grantee. A simple fix could allow the ones who need the funding to get reimbursed in weeks instead of years.

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Submitted by (@pbroviak)

Diversify / Expand NFIP to Supplement / Enhance PA/Mitigation

Thinking of the following challenges, 1) Based on disaster stats, PA accounts for almost half of the after-disaster investment with Federal monies the primary funding source. 2) Although issues with the NFIP are complicated, a basic and major challenge is the NFIP struggles to secure adequate funding to meet the actual risks. 3) Some states can no longer secure HMGP funds because they have successfully applied mitigation, ...more »

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Submitted by (@davidbthelen)

Combine robotic and drone technologies to save lives.

Imagine if one-day robotic soldiers, police, EMTs were developed combined with drone technology, you can create as many needed. No more injured or PTSD soldiers, cops making the wrong split second decision to use deadly force (by using fast speed simulation cameras). Drone technology could fly these robots over traffic jams to get to accident victims, help soldiers injured on the battlefield, rescue people in the mountains, ...more »

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Submitted by (@francine.koehn)

Public Service Announcement on Preparedness and FEMA purpose.

FEMA should create and broadcast public service announcements immediately before, during and after hurricane season to articulate three (3) themes: Inform the American public of their personal responsibility for emergency preparedness. Americans need to mature into an individually responsible, preparedness culture - evacuating upon demand, storing 3 days food, clothing, water, personal effects and medications at hand, ...more »

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Planners could assist with grant oversight

As a catastrophic planner, we identify critical shortfalls in resources and capabilities that have direct operational impact (measurable impact) on populations. While the development of these catastrophic plans *under PKEMRA* are huge projects, we are so involved with the communities at risk that we could be leveraged to do additional work when not working on these cat plans. Specifically, in the case of infrastructure ...more »

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Submitted by (@jean00)

A late idea on Mitigation activity of Disaster Prevention

I just found out the UN had the Department of Epidemiology of Natural Disaster Prevention. That was a new one, as I really believe most Natural Disasters you are too late to prevent. Most of the problems started with industrialization revolution in the 1800 and continue on today. An example in my work career was going to Frack the Earth's Crust just to get Oil. Well really the Earthquakes are not worth it and Big Vehicles ...more »

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