About the Project

The Little Blue NRD and Lower Big Blue NRD are collaboratively updating their regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). Over 100 communities, counties, school districts, or other jurisdictions participated in the last plan update which was approved by FEMA in 2016. HMPs are required to be updated every five years per federal regulation and are  publicly-guided plans that identify vulnerability to natural disasters such as flood, drought, earthquake, wildfire, winter storm, tornado, high wind storm, dam failure, etc. The plan establishes goals, outlines specific mitigation options, and prioritizes projects which may reduce or eliminate loss of life and potential damages to property when future disasters occur.

The 2021 plan update process is being sponsored by the Little Blue and Lower Big Blue NRDs and will be lead by local planning teams consisting of representatives from NRDs and Emergency Management offices in Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Nuckolls, Saline, Thayer, and Webster Counties.

Public input will be gathered throughout the duration of the plan development through online tools and public meetings. All communities, public school districts, and other taxing authorities within the region are eligible to participate. Hazard Mitigation planning is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. For every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $6 in post-disaster recovery is saved, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Proactive hazard mitigation planning allows a community to take actions to reduce or eliminate threats from natural and man-made disasters.

Once a community, county, or district is part of an approved hazard mitigation plan, they become eligible for up to a 75% cost share for a wide variety of projects listed in the plan.

JEO Consulting Group, Inc. (JEO) has been hired to assist with the plan development over the next year. This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant.

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Planning Process

The planning process includes public meetings in each of the nine counties to provide an opportunity for eligible jurisdictions and community stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input for their district. These meetings will be hosted in communities across the planning area and will be facilitated by JEO staff. Participating jurisdictions must attend a meeting to meet engagement requirements.

Round 1 meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2020. A mixture of socially-distanced in-person and virtual meetings are being used across the planning areas. Participating jurisdictions may attend either type of meeting to meet participation requirements. Each meeting will last approximately two hours. Meeting dates, times, and locations are provided below. 

All participating jurisdictions are required to RSVP for meetings. Please RSVP to Brooke Seachord at bseachord@jeo.com. 

In Person Meetings - masks are required for in-person meetings

  • Nuckolls County - Tuesday, September 22 from 2:00-4:00PM at the Nelson Community Center (580 Main St, Nelson NE)
  • Jefferson County - Wednesday, September 30 from 6:00-8:00PM at the 4-H Extension Building (56885 PWF Rd, Fairbury NE)
  • Adams County - Thursday, October 8 from 10:00AM-12:00PM at the Hastings City Library (314 N Denver Ave, Hastings NE)
  • Fillmore County - Wednesday, October 14 from 6:00-8:00PM at the Geneva Public Library (1043 G St, Geneva NE)
  • Gage County - Tuesday, October 20 from 6:00-8:00PM at the 4-H Extension Building (1115 W Scott St, Beatrice NE)

 

Virtual Meetings

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COVID-19 Precautions

The Regional Planning Team and JEO Consulting Group are taking steps to address concerns and protect residents from the spread of COVID-19 during this plan update process. As such, the following list outlines guidelines and requirements for in-person meetings in the planning area. 

  • All attendees must RSVP to a meeting. This helps ensure meeting spaces are large enough to accommodate social distancing guidelines. 
  • Masks are required for all attendees at public meetings. This includes entering the building, greeting others, listening to speakers, using restrooms, or other activities. Disposable masks will be provided at the door. 
  • Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided at the door. All tables, chairs, and materials will be wiped down or sanitized before and after use. 
  • It is encouraged to avoid handshakes or close proximity to other attendees. 

If you have additional concerns or questions about the COVID-19 guidelines for this plan update, please contact the JEO Project Coordinators, Becky Appleford or Brooke Seachord. 

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2016 Approved HMP

Links to the FEMA-approved 2016 Little Blue NRD and Lower Big Blue NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan are provided below. 

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