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.