FEMA’s new online data shows natural hazards risks for communities to aid in mitigation planning

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 criteria. It makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners, and can help communities, especially those with limited mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data for mitigation planning and an overview of multiple risk factors. Additionally, it can help jurisdictions in developing a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan to help increase community resilience. The National Risk Index’s interactive web maps can assist communities in:

  • Updating emergency operations plans
  • Enhancing hazard mitigation plans
  • Prioritizing and allocating resources
  • Identifying the need for more refined risk assessments
  • Encouraging community-level risk communication and engagement
  • Educating homeowners and renters
  • Supporting adoption of enhanced codes and standards
  • Informing long-term community recovery

Read an overview of the National Risk Index and how it can be used to support mitigation planning, hazard mitigation assistance grants and risk communication.