Having an approved and updated Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) in place is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for communities, counties, school districts and other groups to qualify for several types of hazard mitigation funding opportunities, including 75% federal cost-sharing under the Hazard Mitigation Grant. The current Hazard Mitigation Plan originally developed in 2010 is up for an update due every five years, as required by FEMA.
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. assisted with development of the original plan and will also help with the plan update. The planning team leading the update consists of representatives from the Nemaha NRD, Southeast District Health Department, members of Johnson and Pawnee Counties, Auburn Public Schools, as well as representatives of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
Nemaha NRD began the update on the Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan in the fall of 2013. Communities met in the spring of 2014 to provide input and relay community-specific data related to exposure and vulnerabilities. Participating jurisdictions met again in the fall 2014 to discuss the risk assessment and identified projects and strategies to reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards.
The Nemaha NRD Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan has since been reviewed by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and has received approval pending local adoption. Each jurisdiction that participated in the planning process as a direct participant will need to adopt the plan. The approved Nemaha NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for download.