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 are normally hosted in communities across the planning area and facilitated by JEO staff. However, due to COVID-19 and related health guidelines, meetings were held virtually through Zoom web conference.


Round 1 meetings were held virtually in June 2020.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM 
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM


Round 2 meetings were held virtually in October 2020.

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Draft 2021 Plan for Public Review

Public review for the Cedar and Dixon Counties Hazard Mitigation Plan is now open from March 9 to April 9, 2021. At the end of this period, the completed plan will be submitted to NEMA and FEMA for final review and approval. This is your last opportunity to review the plan and submit to JEO any changes or corrections.

Please verify with your local planning team that the information in this draft is accurate. This draft includes the latest revisions that were discussed at the second round of meetings. Please inform JEO as soon as possible should you desire any changes. To request changes, you can mark up the section, scan it, and email it to or fax it to (402) 934-3681. A comment box is also provided below.

Cedar County Appendix Profiles: Cedar County, Village of Coleridge, Village of Fordyce, City of Hartington, Village of Magnet, Village of Obert, Village of St. Helena, Village of Wynot, Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Public Schools, and Randolph Volunteer Fire District.

Dixon County Appendix Profiles: Dixon County, Village of Allen, Village of Dixon, Village of Martinsburg, Village of Maskell, Village of Newcastle, City of Ponca, Village of Waterbury, Ponca Public Schools, Allen-Waterbury Fire District, Dixon Fire & Rescue District, Newcastle Rural Fire District, and Ponca Volunteer Fire & Rescue District.

Special Districts Appendix Profiles: Lewis & Clark NRD and Northeast Nebraska Public Health District.

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Public Review Comment Box

If you would like to provide a comment during the public review period, feel free to use the box below.

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