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About the Mitigation Section

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Mitigation 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 tornado, 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

Please submit any questions or comments to the Mitigation Section at mitigation@dhs.in.gov.

Project Types

  • Flooded Property Acquisitions and Demolitions
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    Flood-Risk Documentary on the Great Flood of 1913 (2013)
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    Flood-Risk Documentary on the Great Flood of 1913 (2013)

    Each year, flooding causes millions of dollars' worth of property damage. This creates a heavy burden for many, especially the property owners whose homes are flooded and damaged. After the flood, many property owners struggle with the difficult decision of whether to return to the flood-prone area to repair and rebuild. For some, participating in an acquisition or buyout project may be the answer.

    More about flood mitigation assistance

    Learn about the National Flood Insurance Program

  • IDHS Safe Room Program
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    Residential Safe Room
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    Residential Safe Room

    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 demonstrates that a safe room can survive winds as high as 250 miles per hour. All safe rooms must be built in compliance with FEMA publications P-361 and P320.

    Residential Safe Rooms

    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. 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.

    More about residential safe rooms

    Community Safe Rooms

    In areas subject to extreme-wind events, building owners, schools, hospitals, neighborhood associations and others responsible for public safety should consider building a community safe room. Since wind hazards (such as those associated with tornadoes and severe weather) vary throughout the United States, the decision to build a safe room is largely based on the magnitude of the wind hazard in a given area and on the level of risk considered acceptable. The Indiana Department of Homeland Security in coordination with FEMA, has funding opportunities available through our competitive grant program to assist in the construction of safe rooms. Counties must have an updated Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan in place to be eligible for the grant opportunity.

    More about community safe rooms

    Additional Information

    Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business

Resources

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Tornadoes in Indiana Dashboard
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Tornadoes in Indiana Dashboard