Hazard Mitigation

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Connecticut implements its mitigation program with a combination of planning and financial assistance to municipalities to mitigate the effects of a natural or man-made disasters.  Hazard mitigation is handled by the DEMHS Hazard Mitigation Unit; to contact Hazard Mitigation Unit click here. The Hazard Mitigation Unit collaborates with the units that handle disaster recovery, community preparedness and planning to implement a comprehensive hazard mitigation program in Connecticut.

Hazard Mitigation Planning:

Hazard Mitigation planning occurs at both the state and the local level. The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (NHMP), last adopted in 2019 is required by federal law. The Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) works collaboratively with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection in the development of this plan.

Hazard Mitigation Funding:

Hazard Mitigation funding in Connecticut consists mainly of federal funds administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Federal Funding Sources

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

This program provides funding to reduce or prevent damage from natural disasters such as flooding and high winds.  HMGP funding is available following a presidentially declared disaster.

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program.

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)

This program provides funding to States, Territories, federally-recognized tribes and local communities for projects and planning that reduces or eliminates long-term risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program NFIP. FMA funding is also available for management costs.