Thursday, December 15, 2022

Connecting Mitigation Plans and THIRA/SPR for Increased Resilience



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Connecting Mitigation Plans and THIRA/SPR for Increased Resilience

A hazard mitigation plan guides state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government decision makers on investments in long-term actions that reduce risk to natural hazards. A Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA)/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (SPR) helps communities better understand how prepared they are and how to address vulnerabilities.  

Both processes are key tools to reducing risk. While each process has distinct purposes and requirements, there are some similarities. Streamlining these processes will lead to less duplication and greater use of these products.

FEMA’s job aid “Increasing Resilience Using THIRA/SPR and Mitigation Planning ” outlines the similarities between the two processes. It shows how to align the processes through seven unified steps:  

  • Involvement Across the Planning Area  
  • Threat and Hazard Identification  
  • Risk Assessment  
  • Develop Capability Targets 
  • Identify Gaps 
  • Develop, Prioritize and Operationalize Strategies  
  • Monitor and Adjust 

There are opportunities for alignment as SLTT governments work to update mitigation plans and THIRA/SPR. THIRA/SPR submissions are due annually by Dec. 31. Mitigation plans are updated every five years. In 2023, 34 mitigation plans will be updated. 

FEMA encourages SLTT governments to use the job aid to help with updates, identify mitigation capability gaps, and coordinate efforts to build resilience. Working together can reduce duplication, effort and time.  

Visit FEMA’s National Risk and Capability Assessment | and Hazard Mitigation Planning | to learn more.   

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