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Plainly stated, hazard mitigation is any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards.

The mission of the Illinois Mitigation Program is to identify hazards that affect Illinois, assess how vulnerable Illinois is to each hazard, and then implement a strategy for mitigating the effects of the hazard.

The program is intended to:

  • ​Provide the framework for hazard mitigation not only during the recovery and reconstruction process, but also on a year-round basis.
  • Identify mitigation projects that will reduce the potential for future losses and decrease the cost to taxpayers.
  • Provide education to the public on mitigation methods and offer assistance to local jurisdictions that are eligible for mitigation projects.
  • Assist all Illinois jurisdictions in completing a Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 compliant plan.

This mitigation section is not only an introduction to hazard mitigation in Illinois, but also a planning tool for those communities that wish to implement a program in their jurisdiction.​


​FEMA Announces FY 2017 Funding Opportunities

FEMA has announced FY 2017 funding opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM).  Nationwide, the total amount of funds distributed under the FY 2017 FMA Grant Program will be $160,000,000 and $90,000,000 for the FY 2017 PDM Grant Program. Read more...​

Contact a IEMA Mitigation Specialist

With mitigation growing ever so rapidly statewide, we realize that there are many questions you have when determining if the process is right for you. We encourage homeowners, local officials, and even businesses to email us at the address listed below. Our website has a lot of great information, but we realize that every circumstance is a little different. Let us help you determine if mitigation is the right option for you. Please don’t hesitate, if you have questions about mitigation opportunities in your community, please email us and a Mitigation Specialist will respond shortly.​

Illinois Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Illinois Emergency Management Agency has recently updating and received formal approval for the Illinois Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan (INHMP)​. This is the State's plan to reduce the harm natural disasters cause individuals and property. While the 2013 INHMP will not be required for a formal update for 3 years, we continually welcome comments and input on the plan for all future updates. Comments and input can be submitted to the State Hazard Mitigation Officer at

Questions or Comments? Public involvement is encouraged and your input is greatly appreciated. If you would like to send us a comment, please contact Ron Davis at or by phone (217-782-8719).