Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide

By American Planning Association



The worsening climate crisis has intensified the effects of disasters on communities — with minority and low-income communities feeling the impacts more deeply than others.

The policies embraced in APA's newly revised Hazard Mitigation Policy Guide position planners to champion a new approach to hazard mitigation, adaptation, and recovery thinking centered on equity and established research for resiliency standards, man-made disasters, and natural disasters.

This guide was approved by the APA Delegate Assembly on May 21, 2020, and ratified by the APA Board of Directors on July 16, 2020.


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July 30, 2020
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American Planning Association
The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

Table of Contents


Guiding Policies

Hazard Mitigation versus Adaptation versus Response/Recovery

Benefits of Hazard Mitigation Planning

Hazard Mitigation Planning Process

Adaptation and Recovery

Policy Outcomes

References and Further Reading