Planning and Land Management

Floodplain Management

In case of a flooding emergency, communities should contact
the State Emergency Coordination Center at 1-800-478-2337
or e-mail at

Floodplain management is a program focused on reducing flood damages through resilient community decision-making and implementation of preventive and, when required, corrective measures.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one portion of the floodplain management toolbox. The NFIP provides minimum development standards for preventive and protective measures through improved land use and building practices, and encourages communities to evaluate and determine usage of higher standards.

Participation in the NFIP is based on an agreement between a local government and the federal government. If the community adopts and enforces a floodplain management ordinance that meets program standards, the federal government will make flood insurance available within the community.


Mitigation refers to activities that eliminate or reduce the effects of a disaster. Two elements encompass mitigation: planning and projects. A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a guide to methods, projects, and actions that will make people and their communities less vulnerable to the effects of natural and human-caused hazards.

The mitigation grant opportunities help to implement the projects developed in the Hazard Mitigation Plan. DCRA manages FEMA's suite of flood mitigation grants known as the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program. The State Hazard Mitigation Officer, with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM), manages the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Alaska Mitigation Program


Identifies risk and improves flood risk maps as a means to foster public participation and raising flood risk awareness that will move toward flood resilient communities, as well as identifying the community's whole risk picture by including all hazards.

For More Information

Taunnie Boothby, Planner III
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1770
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4583 FAX: (907) 269-4066