Perkins, Chase, and Dundy Counties are leading the process of updating a plan which focuses on the reduction or elimination of impacts resulting from natural and manmade hazards throughout the region. 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 Program.
Hazard mitigation planning includes working with participating communities, the counties, and other agencies to identify, 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 updating process. The planning team for this update consists of representatives all three counties involved, and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
The Perkins, Chase, and Dundy County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update process began in 2013 with the project kick-off meeting. In November of 2013, a series of hazard identification public meetings were held in Grant, Imperial, and Benkelman. The meetings were attended by representatives from Perkins, Chase, and Dundy Counties; representatives from Benkelman, Elsie, Haigler, Grant, Madrid, and Venango; Wauneta Public Schools; Imperial Chamber of Commerce; and NEMA. At the public meeting, participating communities discussed the mitigation planning process, implications for their community, and the risks they face from natural and manmade hazards.
Perkins, Chase, and Dundy- The Perkins, Chase, and Dundy County 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.