FEMA Flood Mitigation Coordinator

Michael Dodson is in the office Monday through Thursday. Michael works with FEMA to acquire and elevate homes in Gloucester County that have had or are at risk for damage from storms. If you have any questions please call 804-832-2401 or email Michael Dodson.


Mitigation focuses on breaking the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. Mitigation efforts provide value to the American people by creating safer communities and reducing loss of life and property.

Middle Peninsula All Hazards Mitigation Plan 2016 (PDF)

Middle Peninsula Regional All Hazard Mitigation Plan

Flood Smart website

Flood Smart Gov website logo

Value to Society

Here are some of Mitigation's values to society:

  • Mitigation creates safer communities by reducing losses of life and property.
  • Mitigation enables individuals and communities to recover more rapidly from disasters.
  • Mitigation lessens the financial impact of disasters on individuals, the Treasury, state, local and tribal communities.


The Mitigation Division is comprised of three branches: 

  • Risk Analysis
  • Risk Insurance
  • Risk Reduction


The primary functions of these branches includes:

  • The Risk Analysis Branch applies engineering and planning practices in conjunction with advanced technology tools to identify hazards, assess vulnerabilities, and develop strategies to manage the risks associated with natural hazards.
  • The Risk Insurance Branch helps reduce flood losses by providing affordable flood insurance for property owners and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations that mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures.
  • The Risk Reduction Branch works to reduce risk to life and property through the use of land use controls, building practices and other tools. These activities address risk in both the existing built environment and in future development, and they occur in both pre- and post-disaster environments.