Project Purpose

Central Nebraska is at risk to a wide-range of natural, man-made, and technological hazards like tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failure, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD), in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Nebraskans in order to increase community resilience to disasters. To that end, CPNRD will be updating their multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the CPNRD.

A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters,
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. Building partnerships within your community and across the CPNRD.

Residents, communities, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and more from CPNRD are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

Upcoming Public Meetings

Funding Workshop

A Funding Workshop will be held Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 10AM for all jurisdictions participating in the Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. This workshop will provide information on the available grant opportunities for funding and implementing mitigation actions identified in the plan. It will also be a prime time to speak with officials about the application process. The meeting will last approximately three hours with lunch provided. We ask that attendees RSVP to Becky Appleford by April 10th. The location of the meeting is:

Central Platte NRD Office

215 Kaufman Avenue

Grand Island, NE 68803

Hazard Mitigation Plan Public Review

The public review period is March 15 – April 17, 2017. During this time, we ask jurisdictions to review their participant sections and provide any comments or changes. Once the public review period has concluded, the complete multi-jurisdictional plan will be submitted to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and FEMA for final approval. The plan sections are available for download below. Changes can be provided via phone, email, mail, and fax. Thank you!

Hazard Mitigation Plan Sections 1-7

Buffalo CountyDawson CountyHall CountyMerrick CountyPolk CountyOther Jurisdictions
Buffalo CountyDawson CountyHall CountyMerrick CountyPolk CountyCentral Platte NRD
AmherstCozadAldaCentral CityOsceolaEustis
Elm CreekFarnamCairoChapmanPolkOconto
GibbonGothenburgDoniphanClarksShelbyDoniphan-Trumbull Public Schools
KearneyLexingtonGrand IslandPalmerStromsburgGrand Island Public Schools
PleasantonOvertonWood RiverSilver Creek

Please return any changes or comments to Becky Appleford by:


11717 Burt Street Suite 210

Omaha, NE 68154-1510






Previous Meetings

Hazard Mitigation Workshop

A four-hour Hazard Mitigation Workshop is being held at the beginning of the planning process for the Central Platte NRD HMP and all residents from the area are invited! This workshop will aid in a better understanding of the hazard mitigation planning process. It will cover: an explanation of hazard mitigation, how this planning process will benefit your community, requirements for getting an approved HMP, and identify the types of information you’ll need to provide at the upcoming meetings.

Held: Tuesday June 14, 2016

Central Platte NRD Offices

Round 1 Meetings

As part of the Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan, three Round 1 Public Meetings will be held in Central City, Elm Creek, and Grand Island. Communities, school districts, and other special districts that want to participate in this plan must attend one of these meetings. Dates and locations of these meetings are below. At this meeting, a review of data for your plan and worksheets asking for additional information will be discussed. This includes a risk assessment, review of critical facilities, review of mitigation projects, and a capabilities survey.

Central City

Held: Tuesday July 12, 2016

Elm Creek

Held: Thursday July 14, 2016

Grand Island

Held: Wednesday July 20, 2016

Round 2 Meetings

Round 2 Public Meetings were held across the Central Platte NRD in October. The meeting goals were to identify specific projects to reduce the impacts of hazards, review the updated draft participant section, review community plans for the plan integration review, and collect any other missing information.

Central City

Held: Tuesday October 11, 2016

Elm Creek

Held: Thursday October 13, 2016

Grand Island

Held: Tuesday October 18, 2016

Opportunities for Input

As a community member from the CPNRD, you play a very important role in this planning process. In order for this plan to better serve your community needs and to identify ways to reduce vulnerability, we need your input! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please fill out the following form or contact Becky Appleford.

Input Form

Contact Information

Rebecca Appleford, CFM
Project Coordinator
Jeff Henson FormalJeff Henson, CFM
Project Manager