Hamilton County is leading the process of updating a plan which focuses on the reduction or elimination of impacts resulting from natural and manmade hazards throughout the County. Having an approved and updated Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) in place is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for communities, counties, school districts and other groups to qualify for several types of hazard mitigation funding opportunities, including 75% federal cost-sharing under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The current Hazard Mitigation Plan originally developed in 2009 is due for an update every five years, as required by FEMA.
Hazard mitigation planning includes working with participating communities, the County, and other agencies to prioritize and complete projects designed to make communities safer and ease potential damage from disasters. According to FEMA, every dollar spent on hazard mitigation planning results in a four-dollar savings on post-disaster cleanup and rebuilding. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. assisted with development of the original plan and will also help with the updating process. The planning team for this update consists of representatives from the city of Aurora, Hamilton County, Public Works, and the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NDNR), and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).