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Mitigation & Recovery

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 (analyzing risk, reducing risk, insuring against risk).  Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Without mitigation actions, we jeopardize our safety, financial security, and self-reliance.

Hazard Mitigation Program

Every community in the United States is at risk for serious loss of life and/or property due to a disaster, be it hurricane, earthquake or flood. Because of the documented magnitude of the costs of these losses, numerous programs have been created to lessen th effects of manmade or natural events should they occur. Indiana's hazard mitigation program provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to fund eligible projects to assist not-for-profit organizations, individuals and families to reduce the actual or potential risk of loss of life or property.

The federal share of assistance is not less than 75% of the eligible project costs. The Grantee/sub-grantee is responsible for the 25% local match requirement.

The Mitigation Tool Box is designed to serve as a single point of entry to comprehensive information about mitigation grant program resources, initiatives, policies, regulations, partnerships, research, education and outreach. This website has been purposely designed to be copied, distributed, and shared. This toolbox is not designed to replace or substitute for training provided by IDHS Mitigation.

If you are a home owner, renter, or private business owner looking for assistance, please proceed to the Individual Assistance Program for guidance.

Indiana Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

Residential Safe Room Program

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) Residential Safe Room Program was developed in 2015 by the IDHS Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program to provide a rebate for the construction/installation of safe rooms for Indiana residences.

Safe rooms save lives. In an average year, 800 tornadoes are reported nationwide, resulting in 80 deaths and more than 1,500 injuries. A safe room provides a shield of protection. Studies demonstrate that a safe room can survive winds as high as 250 miles per hour.

Indiana is providing this rebate program through the FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. Therefore, IDHS must comply with all federal grant regulations for each rebate recipient.

IDHS Residential Safe Room Program

Mitigation Grant Guidance Toolbox

Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Guidance

CFR Part 80

FEMA's Mitigation Planning Series

Mitigation Grant Application Toolbox



Safe Room

Additional Mitigation Resources


Frequently Asked Questions