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Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves


In 2005, FEMA funded an independent study which was conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences Multi-hazard Mitigation Council to focus on the benefits derived from FEMA hazard mitigation grant projects.  On January 11, 2018, this study was updated and expanded with the release of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report.

The results show that mitigation grants funded through select federal government agencies can save the nation, on average, $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation. Additionally, the report demonstrates that investments in hazard mitigation measures that exceed provisions of certain 2015 model building code can save the nation, on average, $4 for every $1 spent.