Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan Update

Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan Update 2017-08-17T12:29:06+00:00

 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.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Submitted for Review

The Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan was submitted on May 31, 2017 to Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and FEMA for review and final approval. Pending any requested changes from either agency, the HMP will be approved, and at that point, JEO will contact all participating jurisdictions to adopt the plan. It is critical for every jurisdiction to adopt the plan as quickly as possible so that jurisdictions are eligible for certain Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant funds. If you’d like to download the HMP, please click on the following links. We appreciate all your time and effort in helping with the planning process!

Hazard Mitigation Plan Sections 1-7

CPNRD AppendixBuffalo County AppendixDawson County Appendix
Hall County AppendixMerrick County AppendixPolk County Appendix
Other Communities AppendixAppendix AAppendix B
Appendix CAppendix DAppendix E

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

Funding Workshop

A Funding Workshop was held for all jurisdictions participating in the Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. The workshop provided information on potential grant opportunities for funding and implementing mitigation actions identified in the plan. Representatives from the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality, South Central Economic Development District, and USDA Rural Development gave presentations on grant funding during the workshop.

Held: Thursday, April 20, 2017

Central Platte NRD Offices


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