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Hazard Mitigation Plan

Reducing Philadelphia’s Risk 2022 

What is the Hazard Mitigation Plan? 

Hazard Mitigation is the act of reducing or eliminating the risk of natural, human-caused, or technological disasters. The Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) describes which hazards, like flooding and winter storms, affect Philadelphia. The plan also looks at what City projects can help reduce damage from disasters before they happen.

View the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Why Mitigate? 

  • Helps prevent loss of life and injury
  • Prevents damage to property, businesses and homes
  • For everyone $1 spent in mitigation = $6 saved in disaster response and recovery
  • Protects the City of Brotherly Love’s unique economic, cultural and environmental features

How can you be involved in the 2022 Plan Update? 

Every five years, FEMA requires the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to update the City of Philadelphia’s Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). The City’s next plan update is due in 2022. As a resident, community member, worker, or business owner in Philadelphia, your local knowledge of hazards in your community can help.

We want to hear from you! OEM will be seeking feedback on a draft of our 2022 plan during a virtual, final draft review workshop:
Final Draft Review Workshop: Monday, January 31st from 10:30am – noon. Virtual (Zoom). Register here

This meeting is open to all planning partners and the public. There will be an opportunity for questions, answers, and feedback from the audience.

Following this workshop, the plan will be published on OEM’s website for a 30-day public review and comment period. Printed copies will also be available at several Free Library of Philadelphia locations. All questions, comments, and feedback can be directed to oem@phila.gov. All feedback will be documented in the plan prior to final submission to the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for final review and approval.

If you require accommodations for this meeting, please reach out to oem@phila.gov and provide additional details on accommodations required in the Eventbrite registration form.

Provide comments

Review the plan and provide us with your comments by emailing oem@phila.gov 

Attend a workshop

We will be hosting a series of meetings to talk with YOU about hazards you’re most concerned withAll workshops will be open to the public. Dates and times will be posted right here on our website. Stay tuned! 

Follow us

Follow us on social media @PhilaOEM for frequent updates as we work to update the plan by 2022. 

Spread the word

Tell everyone who lives, worksor plays in Philadelphia about the plan and how they can get involved! 

Reach out

Questions about the plan or curious how you can schedule a workshop for your community? Reach out to us at OEM@phila.gov. 


Hazard Mitigation Plan Documents 

Name Description Released Format
2020 Annual Review 2020 review of the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. TBD        PDF
2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Full Plan) 2017 plan for reducing risk of both natural and human-caused hazards in Philadelphia. This is a large download. May 17, 2017 PDF
2012 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Full Plan) 2012 assessment of methods for addressing natural hazards in Philadelphia. May 1, 2012 PDF
December 2020 Plan Amendment 


Formal amendment made to 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan, approved December 2020


December 2020 PDF
October 2021 Plan
Formal amendment made to 2017 Hazard Mitigation

Plan, approved November 2021

December 2021
December 2021 Plan
Formal amendment made to 2017 Hazard Mitigation

Plan, approved December 2021

December 2021

The 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Name Description Released Format
2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan (Full Plan) Full 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. This is a large download. May 17, 2017 PDF
1. Introduction Provides background on the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. May 17, 2017 PDF
2. Community Profile General overview of Philadelphia in 2017 including demographics, economic characteristics and the City’s natural and built environment. May 17, 2017 PDF
3. Planning Process Outline the process Philadelphia used for creating the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. May 17, 2017 PDF
4. Risk and Vulnerability Assessment An analysis of the hazards and risks facing Philadelphia in 2017. May 17, 2017 PDF
5. Capability Assessment Reviews Philadelphia’s authority, policies, plans, programs and resources available in 2017 reduce risk to hazards. May 17, 2017 PDF
6. Mitigation Strategy Projects and plans as of 2017 that the City can complete to reduce losses from disasters. May 17, 2017 PDF
7. Plan Maintenance and 8. Plan Adoption Description of how the city will monitor, evaluate and update the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan. May 17, 2017 PDF
9. Annexes Support documents May 17, 2017 PDF
Community Annexes Description of hazards in each Planning Zone in Philadelphia. May 17, 2017 PFD


Funding for Mitigation Projects 

Does your organization or non-profit have a mitigation project that you’d like featured in our plan? Are you looking for opportunities to fund a project? Check out the opportunities below!

Accepting Project Proposals for BRIC and FMA NOW!  Each fallThe Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) opens up two Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant ProgramsFlood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and the new Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) . FEMA’s FMA and BRIC programs provide funds for hazard mitigation planning activities and implementation of mitigation programs featured in the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Hazard mitigation activities are intended to reduce or eliminate future property damages and loss of life from natural hazards such as floods, tornadoes, and storms. FMA and BRIC are two separate programs, each with distinct and separate eligibility criteria and program rules. 


For BRIC, each State/Territory is allocated $600,000 with no funding cap on individual mitigation projects. For FMA, each State/Territory will be allocated $600,000 for Project Scoping and a maximum $30,000,000 cap per community flood mitigation project sub-application.  

Cost sharing requirements vary by program, but most grants are funded with a 75% federal share and a 25% local match. 


September 30, 2020: Application opens on FEMA Grants Outcome (FEMA Go). 

October 8, 2020: Project proposals due to Office of Grants, Ashley.DelBianco@phila.gov 

October 13, 2020: Grants workshop with PEMA and FEMA. Anyone is welcome, but applicants must be in attendance. 

October 14, 2020: Projects approved by the city will be announced no later than this date. 

October 15, 2020: Letter of Interest is due to PEMA. 

November 18, 2020: Applications due to the State by 5:00pm. 

January 29, 2021: State will make selection and submit selected projects to FEMA for consideration. 

June 2021: Winner will be announced. 


To be considered for funding, an applicant must submit a project proposal to the Mayor’s Office of Grants to determine eligibility for grant funding. Projects will be chosen in consultation with City Hazard Mitigation Planners for submission to the State on a competitive basis.  

The City is accepting project proposals NOW. For more information on how to submit a potential project for BRIC or FMA, please see the Process for Endorsement document linked below. 

Not sure if your meets the criteria? Reach out to us at oem@phila.gov.


Funding Opportunities Resources 

Name Description Released Format
FY2020 BRIC/FMA Process for Endorsement Process of submitting project proposals to the City for BRIC and FMA October 1, 2020 PDF
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Information on FEMA grand funds available after a presidentially declared disaster N/A Website