The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (NRD) is leading the process of updating the 2009 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). A HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated HMP in place is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for communities, counties, school districts and other groups to be eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, which are available on an annual basis as appropriated by congress. These federal grants allow for up to a 75% cost share for a wide variety of projects listed in the plan. The Lower Elkhorn NRD’s previous HMP was approved by FEMA in June 2009, and FEMA requires that the HMP must be updated and approved every five years.
Hazard mitigation planning includes working with participating communities, the NRD, agencies and other stakeholders to prioritize and complete projects designed to make communities safer and ease potential damage from disasters. According to FEMA, every dollar spent on hazard mitigation planning results in a four-dollar savings on post-disaster cleanup and rebuilding. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is assisting with this plan development update. Furthermore, a planning team leading the update consists of representatives from the Lower Elkhorn NRD, parts of Burt, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Madison, Pierce, Platte, Stanton, Thurston, and Wayne Counties, the Ponca Indian Tribe, representatives of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Residents, communities, counties, schools, fire departments, hospitals and more from throughout the Lower Elkhorn NRD were invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.
For more information on the Lower Elkhorn NRD, please go to their website.
The HMP Planning Team was informed June, 2015 that the regional Hazard Mitigation Plan has received FEMA’s approval. At that time, we requested that participating jurisdictions begin the process of adopting the plan. The governing board for EACH participating jurisdiction was required to adopt the plan before they were eligible to pursue any hazard mitigation grant assistance. JEO provided draft adoption resolutions to each county emergency manager. These resolutions were forwarded to NEMA for their records and inserted into the final version of the plan that will be provided to the participating jurisdictions.
If you have any questions about the plan or the adoption process, please contact the JEO team or your county emergency manager.
To view or download the completed plan, please click on the following links:
|Jeff Henson, CFM