Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security’s main mission is to secure America’s safety. Green infrastructure has been used as a core part of The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) many hazard mitigation and disaster prevention programs. For example, FEMA provides funding for green infrastructure for communities looking to plan and implement practices that minimize losses caused by flooding.

What is green infrastructure at DHS?

This agency does not specifically define green infrastructure, but uses it as a component of their water and disaster mitigation programs.

What DHS departments are involved in green infrastructure?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) works to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. FEMA provides several grants to states and local governments to implement measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage and other natural disasters.

Additional DHS green infrastructure resources:

  • Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning forms the foundation for a community’s long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and their property from hazards.
  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance Program assists states and communities implement measures that reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event.

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