Baldwin County

Mitigation Overview Video

2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan - Baldwin Draft for Public Comment  APPROVED - by FEMA -  PENDING ADOPTION (APA) STAGE. View the FEMA APA Letter AL Div A Phase 2 APA Letter 7-28-21

2015-2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan (current version, soon-to-be-replaced by the 2021 Plan)

Local Mitigation Planning Handbook:

 View DRAFT Plan by clicking on the 2021 version of the Mitigation Plan above. 

Please direct questions and/or feedback on the Baldwin County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan 2021 Draft  via email Danon Smith, BCEMA Planning Division at: 

Once FEMA completes their review of the plan, they will issue an "Approval Pending Adoption", or "APA" Letter through AEMA and Baldwin Co EMA's Planning Division. 

Upon receipt of the APA letter from FEMA through AEMA, municipalities will be advised to execute resolutions adopting the plan. Once the BCEMA planning division receives all municipal adoption resolutions, the Baldwin County Commission will be presented an adoption resolution for execution. Here is the DRAFT Resolution Adopting 2021 Baldwin County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update is an example resolution for reference. 

Next, all resolutions will be relayed to AEMA and FEMA. FEMA will then issue a letter of final approval. This letter will be posted, along with the final approved plan, to this page (replacing the 2015-2016 Plan). 

Revisions of this plan are required by FEMA every five years.
The revision process is overseen by the Baldwin County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee. This Committee is comprised of representatives from County and Municipal Government, Board of Education, Utility and Infrastructure; and contains a wide range of vocations and experience from emergency management, planning, engineering, floodplain administration, and building officials. This Committee of multi-disciplined professionals routinely works together to improve and promote resilience in Baldwin County.

Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee (HMPC) BYLAWS

Local Hazard Mitigation Planning General Info.

HMPC Full Body Meetings
Schedule - Mitigation Plan Maintenance Phase - Third Thursday of the First Month of each Quarter

Upcoming Meeting Agenda(s
- *Tentative)* October 21, 20021 - Once details are confirmed, agenda will be added. 

Meeting Minutes (Draft/Final, as marked)
March 18, 2021 HMPC Minutes - Approved
February 18, 2021 HMPC Minutes - Approved
- April 15, 2021 HMPC Minutes - Approved
**Draft HMPC Minutes 5-20-2021
**Draft HMPC Minutes 7-15-2021
**Draft HMPC Minutes 8-19-2021

HMPC Executive Committee
Consists of Seven (7) Members Total; Three (3) Officers and Four (4) Members-at-large. 
(1) Brandan Franklin, City of Gulf Shores-Chairperson
(2) Rachel Keith, City of Foley-Vice-Chairperson
(3) Danon Smith, Baldwin County EMA-Secretary
(4) Zach Hood, Baldwin County EMA Director
(5) Erik Cortinas, City of Fairhope
(6) Barbara Etheridge, Alabama Department of Public Health
(7) *Vacated, pending Full Body special election outcome

Meetings - None Scheduled at this time

FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs
Guidance Governing Eligibility and Allowable Activities and Costs 
FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Guidance

HMA Guidance Addendum

HMA Guidance Fact Sheet See page 32 in the HMA Guidance for this table and further information on eligibility


FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program Types

**NEW** FY 2021 Pre-Disaster Mitigation Assistance - Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Building Resilient Infrastructure in Communities (BRIC)

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - Disaster-Contingent
  • Baldwin County DR-4563 Master LOI for AEMA from HMPC-BCC to apply for DR-4563 (Hurricane Sally) submitted by the Baldwin County Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency
    Master LOI Ranking Results for DR-4563 (Hurricane Sally) HMGP
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation  AEMA FY 2021 BRIC and FMA NOFA Letter#2
  • Alabama EMA Hazard Mitigation Specialist Points of Contact for Local Government
    • Homeowners should contact their local jurisdiction if interested in mitigation assistance. 

If you live in a Baldwin County unincorporated area of jurisdiction and are interested in Hazard Mitigation Assistance for Flood Mitigation, Wind Mitigation, or other eligible project (see guidance links both above and below), you must review/complete the following: 

Complete necessary forms by clicking on the links to the forms below: 

Upon Award, if awarded following the submission to FEMA of a complete application, a Sub-recipient Agreement between property owner and local government is required to document that the homeowner understands their responsibilities for project costs, reimbursement documents for the federal share to be returned to them, and that the project must be completed. No work can begin on the project until FEMA makes an award and all agreements are signed. The homeowner pays the contractor, and submits involves to the local government submission to FEMA  The Homeowner will have to provide documentation to the local government entity that proves funds are available for the project. 

Send completed forms to BCEMA Planning & Grants Division manager, Danon Smith, to apply for HMA Grants through Baldwin County. Email to or 

You may also also call 251-972-6807, ext. 8510 and ask for Danon or  Ext. 7703 for Karen if you need help accessing the forms or emailing PDF versions of the forms. 

If you do not live in the unincorporated areas (outside municipal limits), you will be directed to your jurisdiction's point of contact for mitigation.

If you need help from the Baldwin County Building Department / Floodplain Administrator regarding building codes, elevation certificate information, Floodplain Management Regulations, or Flood Zone location information, click here to visit their web page for information and guidance.

(Information is retained by the EMA Planning & Grants Division to help provide information and assistance from the local EMA, but it is is the requestor's responsibility to confirm receipt and follow-up on opportunities and information needed for applications that may be completed and submitted.) SEE also IMPORTANT RESOURCES from Alabama EMA and FEMA below. 


Alabama EMA Grants:

Includes Alabama EMA's Grants Portal (NB3), Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program information, and Applicant Briefing Recordings, and additional information may be accessed here. 

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) provides grants to states and local governments to implement long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. The purpose of the HMGP is to reduce the loss of life and property due to natural disasters and to enable mitigation measures to be implemented during the immediate recovery from a disaster. The HMGP is authorized under Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.

FEMA-Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants: 

Includes Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Guidance, eligible project and applicant information, and resources to help interpret federal statutes, regulations and best practices about mitigation strategies.

Hazard mitigation is any sustainable action that reduces or eliminates long-term risk to people and property from future disasters. Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future.

FEMA's hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. It also:

  • Reduces vulnerability of communities to disasters and their effects.
  • Promotes individual and community safety and their ability to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and rapidly recover from disruption due to emergencies (resilience).
  • Promotes community vitality after a disaster.
  • Lessens response and recovery resource requirements after a disaster.
  • Results in safer communities that are less reliant on external financial assistance.

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