The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is announcing the release of the State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletin: Risk Assessment, now available in the FEMA library at http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/115780. The Risk Assessment Bulletin provides suggestions for identifying and describing hazards, identifying state assets, analyzing risks, and summarizing vulnerability. The Risk Assessment Bulletin emphasizes ways that states can address the requirements to include the considerations of future hazard conditions, including the effects of long-term changes in weather patterns and climate on hazards.
The State Mitigation Planning Key Topics Bulletins (“Bulletins”) series covers the various components of the state mitigation planning process, including risk assessment, mitigation capabilities, and mitigation strategy. The Bulletins are brief documents aimed at informing states, the District of Columbia, and five U.S. Territories on the various ways to meet the regulatory and policy requirements described in the State Mitigation Plan Review Guide (“Guide”), which became effective March 6, 2016. The Guide presents FEMA’s official policy on and interpretation of the natural hazard mitigation planning requirements for states established in the Code of Federal Regulations (44 CFR Part 201). The Bulletins are not intended to clarify policy, but instead to provide state officials approaches and resources for updating state hazard mitigation plans.
For more information and updates on FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Planning Program, please visit http://www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-planning-resources.