Date of Award

Fall 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Angela Kline, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Kristen Crossney, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mark Landahl, Ph.D.


As the frequency and intensity of disasters increases so too does the need to take proactive measures to reduce disaster risk. Across the nation local, state, and federal emergency managers work collaboratively to implement hazard mitigation programs that seek to reduce disaster risk. This study examined the factors that influence hazard mitigation governance in FEMA Region III states including Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. The results showed that organizational capacity, networks, collaborative governance, and community engagement all influence local and state adoption of hazard mitigation projects. The results also showed that there is a need to reduce the complexity of hazard mitigation programs, innovate to reduce disaster risk, and prioritize equity into the administration of hazard mitigation programs.