Over 100 communities, counties, school districts, and NRDs are undertaking a joint effort to update their hazard mitigation plan, originally approved by FEMA in 2010. The name of this plan is the Lower Big Blue Natural Resources District and the Little Blue Natural Resources District All-Hazards Mitigation Plan.
This planning effort is being guided by a Planning Team 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 is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. For every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $4 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.
A hazard mitigation plan is a publicly-guided document that identifies 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.
JEO Consulting Group, Inc. (JEO) has been hired to assist with the plan development over the next 12 months. This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant.