Hazard Mitigation Plan

Albuquerque’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies natural and human made hazards that impact our city, identifies actions the city can take to reduce the impact of those hazards, and establishes a process for implementing the plan.

2014 Hazard Mitigation Plan – Final Draft

Albuquerque residents concerned about the city's ability to withstand future disasters now have the opportunity to view and comment on a document that could lay the groundwork for a more resilient future. The Albuquerque Office of Emergency Management posted on its website the final draft 2014 Albuquerque/Bernalillo County (CABQ/BernCo) Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP).

The CABQ/BernCo HMP captures historic disaster experiences, and identifies the natural and human-caused hazards the City faces. In addition, the CABQ/BernCo HMP outlines a strategy to reduce risks form future hazards, and serves as the basis for prioritizing future mitigation funding.

A robust Hazard Mitigation Plan is a key tool to help all levels of government the private sector, and citizens establish new strategies for to ensure that city taxpayer dollars are spent wisely to make people and properties safer.

All interested individuals are strongly encouraged to submit comments on the draft CABQ/BernCo HMP via either the Survey or contact Fred Hogan, Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Planning Officer, at 505-833-7247. He can also be reached by email at [email protected].

2007 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The existing Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved in 2007 and Albuquerque is currently updating the plan in collaboration with Bernalillo County.

Albuquerque’s Hazard Mitigation Plan identifies natural and human-made hazards that impact our city, identifies actions the city can take to reduce the impact of those hazards, and establishes a process for implementing the plan. Hazard mitigation is sustained action taken to reduce or eliminate risk to human life and property from hazards such as earthquakes, flooding, or terror attacks.

Information about hazard mitigation and the revision planning process is available on this site.


A revised Hazard Mitigation Plan will be released for comment in July 2014. For questions about Albuquerque’s current Hazard Mitigation Plan or the City’s hazard mitigation planning process, please contact Fred Hogan, OEM Planning Officer, at 505-833-7247. He may also be reached by email at [email protected].

The 2007 Hazard mitigation plan is available in PDF format. To review and/or download the plan please visit the following link.

2007 Hazard Mitigation Plan

Hazard Mitigation Planning

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

The purpose of mitigation planning is to identify policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce risk and future losses. Mitigation Plans form the foundation for a community's long-term strategy to reduce disaster losses and break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The planning process is as important as the plan itself. It creates a framework for risk-based decision making to reduce damage to lives, property and the economy from future disasters. State, Local and Tribal governments benefit from Mitigation Planning by:

  • Identifying cost effective actions for risk reduction that are agreed upon by stakeholders and the public.
  • Focusing resources on the greatest risks and vulnerabilities.
  • Building partnerships by involving people, organizations and businesses.
  • Increasing education and awareness of hazards and risk.
  • Communicating priorities to state and federal officials.
  • Aligning risk reduction with other community objectives.

What is the Benefit of a Hazard Mitigation Plan to Local Governments?

Local Governments who adopt a hazard plan may be eligible for the following benefits:

  • A more disaster-resistant and resilient community/region.
  • Hazard mitigation assistance programs, including Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs, Pre-Disaster Mitigation, Flood Mitigation Assistance and Severe Repetitive Loss Grant Programs.
  • Points under the National Flood Insurance Program's Community Rating System (CRS)

Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) Meetings

The Emergency Management Office wants to keep the public informed as to the HMP planning process. As a result, meeting documents (agendas, minutes, presentations and attendance rosters) are available for download in PDF format.

Meetings: Hazard Mitigation Plan
Meeting Date and Time Intended Audience Meeting Documents
August 21, 2014 ~ 1:30 p.m. Public
February 27, 2014 ~ 1:30 p.m.
June 19, 2014 ~ 1:30 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mitigation Planning?

Mitigation planning is a process through which communities assess risks and identify actions to reduce vulnerability to hazards through hazard mitigation.

What is a Mitigation plan?

A Mitigation Plan is a community-driven, living document that communities use to reduce their vulnerability to hazards.

Why assess and plan for risk?

The plan and its process show the link between land-use decisions and vulnerability. It serves as a tool to be used by planners or other officials to advise and inform decision makers.

What is the Stafford Act?

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288), as amended by the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, provides the legal basis for State, Local, and Indian Tribal governments to obtain Federal assistance during declared major disasters and emergencies.

Guidance and Regulations