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Disasters will always happen. However, communities and organizations can take steps to mitigate those disasters and reduce their impacts. FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. Hazard mitigation is any sustainable action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from future disasters. Hazard mitigation is key to breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. The Stafford Act legally requires state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to develop and adopt FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance.

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