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Hazard Mitigation Plan

Reducing Philadelphia’s Risk 2022

November 30, 2022

The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management (OEM) received official approval from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 3 on November 30, 2022 to formally amend the current 2022 Philadelphia All-Hazard Mitigation Plan to include the following mitigation actions. These new mitigation actions fulfill all requirements of a hazard mitigation project and align with existing mitigation goals and objectives as defined in the 2022 plan.

Potential Action #4.2.31: 21st Street Flood Hazard Mitigation Project
Description Replace 1,860 linear feet of 4’0″ brick sewer with 72″ reinforced concrete pipe sewer along a segment of 21st Street in the Germantown Neighborhood along with associated inlet improvements
Hazard Flooding
Lead Agency Philadelphia Water Department
Project Type Structure and Infrastructure
Goals & Objectives Goal 4, Objective 2
Implementation PWD has completed approximately 90% of the design and is seeking funding for the construction costs associated with the sewer replacement and inlet improvement
Potential Funding Sources FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs, Staff Time, Operating Budget


Potential Action #2.8.13: Eastwick Scoping and Capacity Building Project
Description Conduct a comprehensive review and evaluation of existing flood mitigation alternatives in Eastwick through engineering and environmental studies, benefit-cost analysis, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and stakeholder engagement
Hazard Flooding, Hurricanes
Lead Agency Office of Sustainability
Project Type Local Planning and Regulations, Structure and Infrastructure, Natural Systems Protection
Goals & Objectives Goal 2, Objective 8
Implementation This project is in the project scoping phase for advanced planning/pre-design
Potential Funding Sources FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance, Staff Time, Operating Budget


These projects will be included in the 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to


May 20, 2022

Philadelphia’s 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan was brought before City Council on May 19th where it was voted on and officially adopted. Previously on May 6th, the plan received Approval Pending Adoption from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

View the final plan. 

The update process began over two years ago during the City’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Priorities for the 2022 plan include
equity, climate change, and integrating the plan with partners. There are over 1,000 pages in the plan that examine 18 hazards profiles and 163 mitigation actions, including sea level rise which was incorporated for the first time in our flooding and hazard profiles.

Nearly 400 public responses delivered input for the plan along with 11 outreach events, including community workshops.

There were 85 different agencies and organizations that engaged in the update with our office.  Thirty-one meetings were held to discuss developments in the plan. Key partners in the plan update include the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, Philadelphia Water Department, Philadelphia City Planning Commission, Philadelphia Office of Transportation, Infrastructure & Sustainability, Philadelphia Fire Department, Department of Public Property, Parks and Recreation, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, Mayor’s Office of Policy, and the Office of Recovery and Grants.

January 21, 2022 

Philadelphia’s 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan DRAFT has been released for public review and comment as of January 31, 2022. We need your feedback!

View the 2022 DRAFT Hazard Mitigation Plan and send comments to OR fill out this Feedback Form online. Comments will be accepted through March 3, 2022.

Printed copies of the plan can be viewed at the following Free Library of Philadelphia locations:

  • Eastwick Library, 2851 Island Ave, 215-685-4170
  • Roxborough Library, 6245 Ridge Ave, 215-685-2550
  • Logan Library, 1333 Wagner Ave, 215-685-9156

Find free library locations with public computers to review online.

Watch the public meeting that was held on January 31, 2022. Closed Captioning available.

Name Description Released Format
FINAL 2022 All-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) as approved by City Council, FEMA, and PEMA. This is a large download. May 19, 2022 PDF
Annex A: Bibliography A document listing the sources used for the 2022 HMP update. Annexes D, E and F are For Official Use Only (FOUO). Jan 31, 2022 PDF
Annex B: Local Mitigation Plan Review Tool Required FEMA review tool specifying requirements met. Jan 31, 2022 PDF
Annex C: Meeting and Participation Documentation Documentation of all meeting and workshops held throughout the 2022 HMP Planning Process. Jan 31, 2022 PDF
Annex G: Review of 2017 Mitigation Strategy Documentation of removed, completed, and updated mitigation actions from the 2017 HMP. Jan 31, 2022 PDF

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 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 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 

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 


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, 

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


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