Project Purpose

Cedar and Dixon Counties are updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. A HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate such risks. Having an approved HMP is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for jurisdictions to become eligible for several grant funding options. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters;
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants; and
  3. Building partnerships and relationships with stakeholders within your community and region.

Hazard Mitigation Plans are required to be updated and approved every five years. Cedar and Dixon Counties last updated their HMP in 2016. Throughout the planning process, members of the community, including school districts, fire departments, airports, hospitals, residents, and business owners are invited to participate by attending public meetings and providing information for the plan.

This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which includes 75% federal funding and 25% local match. Cedar and Dixon Counties are providing the 25% local match

Map of Cedar and Dixon Counties Planning Area


Plan Meetings

The planning process includes public meetings in both 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.

Note: Due to COVID-19 and related quarantine guidelines, meetings may be held via virtual web conference if necessary. Check back here for the most up-to-date meeting information. Invitees will also be notified if a meeting is being held virtually.  

Participating jurisdictions must attend a meeting to meet engagement requirements. Please join us at one of the upcoming Round 1 Meetings!

To RSVP to a virtual meeting, please reach out to Becky Appleford, JEO Project Planner at

    2016 Cedar & Dixon Counties Hazard Mitigation Plan

    Links to the FEMA-approved 2016 Cedar & Dixon Counties Hazard Mitigation Plan are provided below.

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