Project Purpose

Central Nebraska is at risk to a wide-range of natural and man-made hazards like tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failure, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD), in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Nebraskans in order to increase community resilience to disasters. To that end, CPNRD will be updating their multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the CPNRD.

A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. 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  across the CPNRD


The planning area for the CPNRD HMP includes the counties of Buffalo, Dawson, Hall, Merrick, and Polk. Members of the community, schools, fire districts, irrigation districts, and other jurisdictions within the five counties are invited to participate  in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

For more information about the Central Platte NRD, please visit their website.

Central Platte NRD HMP Planning Area

Round 1 Meetings

Round 1 meetings have already taken place for the planning area. If your jurisdiction was unable to make it to the Round 1 meetings but still wishes to participate, please contact Karl Dietrich at 402-742-7213 or A recording of the Round 1 virtual meeting can be found here:

Round 2 Meetings

Round 2 meetings have already taken place. If your jurisdiction was unable to make it to the Round 2 meetings but still wishes to participate, please contact Karl Dietrich at 402-742-7213 or A recording of the Round 2 virtual meeting can be found here: Worksheets that will need to be filled out can be found on the project's Google Drive

Public Review Period

The 2022 Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently available for Public Review. This will run from Monday April 18th to Friday May 20th. This is the last opportunity to review the plan and submit to JEO any requested changes or corrections, prior to submission to NEMA and FEMA. If no changes are received by the end of Public Review, JEO will assume that each jurisdiction has reviewed the plan and approves of it as written.

The Central Platte NRD Draft Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review below. To submit revision or request other changes, please email Karl Dietrich, JEO Planner, at or use the comment box below.

Draft Upfront Section

Draft Buffalo County Appendix - This appendix includes Buffalo County, Village of Amherst, Village of Elm Creek, City of Gibbon, City of Kearney, Village of Pleasanton, City of Ravenna, Village of Riverdale, Village of Shelton, Gibbon Public Schools, Kearney Public Schools, Pleasanton Public Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, Shelton Public Schools, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Draft Dawson County Appendix - This appendix includes Dawson County,  City of Cozad, Village of Eddyville, Village of Farnam, City of Gothenburg, City of Lexington, Village of Overton, Village of Sumner, Drain Districts (No.2&No.3), Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, and Lexington Public Schools.

Draft Hall County Appendix - This appendix includes Hall County, Village of Alda, Village of Cairo, Village of Doniphan, City of Grand Island, City of Wood River, Centura Public Schools, and Wood River Rural Schools.

Draft Merrick County Appendix - This appendix includes Merrick County, Central City, Village of Chapman, Village of Clarks, Village of Silver Creek, and Central City Public Schools.

Draft Polk County Appendix - This appendix includes Polk County, City of Osceola, Village of Polk, Village of Shelby, City of Stromsburg, and Cross Country Community Schools.

Draft Fire Districts Appendix - This appendix includes Central City Fire District, Doniphan Fire District, Elm Creek Fire District, Gibbon Volunteer Fire District, Lexington Fire District, and Pleasanton Fire District.

Draft Other Jurisdictions Appendix - This appendix includes the Central Platte NRD, Village of Eustis, Four Corners Health Department, and Two Rivers Public Health Department.

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If you would like to provide a comment to the planning team,  or have a suggestion, feel free to use the comment box below. If you would like someone from the planning team to respond, please provide your name and contact information (phone number or email address).

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