State Emergency Management Plans
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of community response and disaster preparedness to the especially vulnerable populations of seniors and people with disabilities. This new policy indicator credits nine states with FEMA-approved, enhanced state hazard mitigation plans that also include statewide analysis of vulnerable populations like seniors and people with disabilities using a social vulnerability index. States that earn FEMA approval for their enhanced plan are eligible for 5 percent additional FMAP funding to use for disaster resilience.
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AARP and FEMA have partnered to create the AARP Disaster Resilience Tool Kit for local leaders, government staff, aging services professionals and community volunteers in hopes that they are better equipped and prepared to ensure that older adults are kept safe and their needs are met when a disaster strikes.
This indicator credits states that have an active FEMA approved Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan, which also includes community-level analysis of their state’s vulnerable populations using a social vulnerability index that identifies older adults and people with disabilities as among these vulnerable populations.
FEMA State Hazard Mitigation Plans https://www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/risk-management/hazard-mitigation-planning/status