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Friday, 12 January 2018 15:24

FEMA Announces Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report and the National Mitigation Investment Strategy’s Public Comment Period

Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

For our nation to become more resilient, we must develop a more effective and efficient way to invest in mitigation. Earlier today, the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Multi-Hazard Mitigation Council (MMC) released an updated and expanded Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report

In this new report, NIBS MMC examined 23 years of federal grants data to determine the benefits we derive from avoiding damages through activities funded with federal grants, and examined an expanded set of mitigation actions to determine the Benefit Cost Ratios (BCR) of building new structures beyond code requirements. The hazard categories covered in this report include:  Riverine Flood, Hurricane Surge, Wind, Earthquake, and Wildland-Urban Interface Fire (WUI).

The new report uses two high-level Benefit Cost Ratios (BCRs) representing the benefits of mitigation. The report results indicate mitigation grants funded through select federal government agencies, on average, can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation. The report also demonstrates that, on average, investments in hazard mitigation measures that exceed provisions of the 2015 model building code can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent.

The report suggests a savings of $15.5 Billion from one year of building new construction beyond code requirements and a total of $158 Billion in savings from federally funded mitigation grant programs funded from 1993-2016. The report has been vetted by a large group of public and private-sector experts.

This Independent Study is directed by the National Institute of Building Sciences with funding support from the FEMA and other governmental and non-governmental sponsors. The authors of this study do not speak for or on behalf of FEMA. Findings presented in this Interim Report should not be taken as reflecting the opinions or policies of FEMA or its staff.

Additional information is available in the attached Frequently Asked Questions about the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report.

National Mitigation Investment Strategy Public Comment

The release the 2017 Interim Report coincides with another initiative that FEMA and other federal agencies are launching today. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tasked the Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MitFLG) to develop a National Mitigation Investment Strategy (Investment Strategy) and seek public comment.

The draft Mitigation Investment Strategy makes a series of recommendations, organized by six desired outcomes which – if met – could result in a nation better equipped for, and less vulnerable to, natural hazards.  The Draft Investment Strategy provides a national approach to investments in mitigation activities and risk management across federal, state, local, and territorial and tribal government and the private and non-profit sectors.

The MitFLG invites ideas about investment from all levels of government and key stakeholders, including private businesses, citizens, vulnerable and at-risk populations, critical infrastructure sectors, and non-profit, academic, and philanthropic organizations. This feedback on the draft strategy’s proposed outcomes--and how as a nation we can deliver those outcomes—is vital.

The Draft Investment Strategy is available on the National Mitigation Framework website at https://www.fema.gov/national-mitigation-framework. Comments on the draft Investment Strategy will be accepted from January 11 through March 11, 2018 either through email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or through the IdeaScale site at https://fema.ideascale.com/a/ideas/recent/campaign-filter/byids/campaigns/60968.

To learn more about FEMA’s commitment to the National Mitigation Investment Strategy and building a true culture of preparedness across all communities, visit FEMA’s Blog and review Acting Deputy Administrator, Dr. Daniel Kaniewski’s thoughts on “Investing in Mitigation to Build a More Resilient Nation.”

Additional information is available in the attached Frequently Asked Questions about the Draft National Mitigation Investment Strategy.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

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