Disaster Mitigation and Resiliency

Community development includes more than just new development. It also includes ensuring that communities can be resilient and bounce back after disasters strike.

“A resilient community is able to resist and rapidly recover from disasters or other shocks with minimal outside assistance. Reducing current and future risk is essential to the long-term vitality, economic well-being, and security of all communities. By identifying future risk and vulnerabilities, resilient recovery planning can maximize preparedness, save lives, and bring benefits to a community long after recovery projects are complete."

- California's 2015 National Disaster Resilience Competition Application

To that end, below are some funding sources and best practice documents for mitigation and resiliency.

California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) Resources and Programs

Wildfire Recovery - California Wildfire Statewide Recovery Resources

CalOES Technical Assistance Programs (TAP) Unit - The Technical Assistance Programs (TAP) Unit provides specialized expertise to all Cal OES programs such as Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation, and Individual Assistance.

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Programs

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.


Pre-Disaster & Flood Mitigation Programs - Helps States, territories, federally recognized tribes, and local communities to implement a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters. Congressional appropriations provide funding for PDM. These funds can be used for mitigation projects and planning 

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) - Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Mitigation is taking action now—before the next disaster—to reduce human and financial consequences later. 

FEMA Best Practices

Pre-Disaster Planning Guide for Local Governments - This planning guide is designed to help local governments prepare for recovery by developing pre-disaster recovery plans that follow a process to engage members of the whole community, develop recovery capabilities across governmental and nongovernmental partners, and ultimately create an organizational framework for comprehensive local recovery efforts

Mitigation Best Practices - The Best Practices Portfolio  is a collection of ideas, activities/projects, and funding sources that can help reduce or prevent the impacts of disasters. To look at what is possible and to get ideas for your own situations, we invite you to browse through this portfolio and see what others have been doing.

Community Recovery Management Toolkit - The Community Recovery Management Toolkit (CRMT) is a compilation of guidance, case studies, tools, and training to assist local communities in managing long-term recovery post-disaster.

Climate Studies

2018 California Statewide Climate Assessment Report - California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, to translate the state of climate science into useful information for action. This report presents findings in the context of existing climate science, including strategies to adapt to climate impacts and key research gaps needed to spur additional progress on safeguarding California from climate change.