Given the frequency and severity of recent natural disasters, everyone, regardless of where they are, is seeing the adverse effects of climate change. And while no one can prevent extreme weather events, including flooding, wildfires, and tornadoes, they can reduce the impact on their community. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) strongly emphasizes, this is best achieved through hazard mitigation planning. 

Accordingly, FEMA issued an updated policy on December 7, 2022, to partially implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) for Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs to align with Executive Order 14030-Climate-Related Financial Risk

The updated policy, which supersedes the interim one issued in August 2022, will help ensure communities affected by flood disasters are less vulnerable to