Mitigation

​​Mitigation

FEMA BRIC 2021 Webinars Series
This is a reminder regarding the webinar schedule released by FEMA Headquarters for the 2021 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program Webinar Series beginning on July 28th. This series will bring FEMA subject-matter experts & partners together to provide technical information, best practices, tools, & resources regarding these grant programs. Please note that there is no registration for the webinars in the Webinar Series – this is on a first come first serve basis for the first 1,000 attendees. Please plan to log on early & if you are unable to make it, they will all be posted to YouTube. 

The webinars are designed for leaders in states, local communities, tribes & territories, as well as private sector entities, private non-profit organizations, & individuals interested in learning more about the BRIC & FMA grant programs & strategies for how to apply for them. 

The schedule & links to the webinars can be found at the weblink below – please forward to anyone who may be interested, including potential subapplicants. All sessions will be recorded & posted to FEMA’s YouTube channel.


Plainly stated, hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.

The mission of the Illinois Mitigation Program is to identify hazards that affect Illinois, assess how vulnerable Illinois is to each hazard, and then implement a strategy for mitigating the effects of the hazard.

The program is intended to:

  • ​Provide the framework for hazard mitigation not only during the recovery and reconstruction process, but also on a year-round basis.
  • Identify mitigation projects that will reduce the potential for future losses and decrease the cost to taxpayers.
  • Provide education to the public on mitigation methods and offer assistance to local jurisdictions that are eligible for mitigation projects.
  • Assist all Illinois jurisdictions in completing a Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 compliant plan.

This mitigation section is not only an introduction to hazard mitigation in Illinois, but also a planning tool for those communities that wish to implement a program in their jurisdiction.​



HMGP DR-4461-IL Sub-applicant Information

An opportunity to apply for grant funds to implement some of the actions identified in your FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan. The President declared a Major Disaster (FEMA‐4461‐DR) for the State of Illinois as the result of flooding along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. As a result of the disaster declaration on September 19, 2019, Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds are available statewide for eligible sub‐applicants to apply for projects that reduce risk to people and property from natural hazards. The preliminary deadline to submit HMGP pre-applications to the IEMA Mitigation Branch is closed as of 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Contact a IEMA Mitigation Specialist

With mitigation growing ever so rapidly statewide, we realize that there are many questions you have when determining if the process is right for you. We encourage homeowners, local officials, and even businesses to email us at the address listed below. Our website has a lot of great information, but we realize that every circumstance is a little different. Let us help you determine if mitigation is the right option for you. Please don’t hesitate, if you have questions about mitigation opportunities in your community, please email us and a Mitigation Specialist will respond shortly. ema.mitigation@illinois.gov​

Illinois Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has recently updating and received formal approval for the Illinois Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (INHMP)​. This is the State's plan to reduce the harm natural disasters cause individuals and property. While the 2018 INHMP will not be required for a formal update for 5 years, we continually welcome comments and input on the plan for all future updates. Comments and input can be submitted to the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at ema.Mitigation@illinois.gov​​​​​​​​​​