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Group interviews man outside school buildingMitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. 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. Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being. Because of the documented magnitude of the costs of these losses, numerous programs have been created to lessen the effects of manmade or natural events, should they occur.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs are designed to assist states, territories, federally-recognized tribes and local communities in reducing overall risk to the population and structures from future natural hazard events. These programs provide 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 percent of the eligible project costs. The grantee/sub-grantee is responsible for the 25 percent local match requirement.

2019 State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

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Highlights of State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (interactive)
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Highlights of State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan (interactive)

The State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan lays the foundation to building resiliency in the State of Indiana by identifying Indiana's greatest risks for disasters and creating strategies to mitigate these risks. This plan is required to be updated every five years by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The plan makes Indiana eligible to apply for, and receive, FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program and the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program.

An interactive story map by the Polis Center at IUPUI showcases the highlights of the plan with graphics, maps, animations and more.

View the full State Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan

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Tornadoes in Indiana Dashboard
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