The Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District (NRD) is leading the process of updating the 2015 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). A HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Having an approved and updated HMP in place is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for communities, counties, school districts and other groups to be eligible for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, which are available on an annual basis as appropriated by congress. These federal grants allow for up to a 75% cost share for a wide variety of projects listed in the plan. The Lower Elkhorn NRD’s previous HMP was approved by FEMA in May 2015, and FEMA requires that the HMP must be updated and approved every five years.
Hazard mitigation planning includes working with participating communities, the NRD, agencies and other stakeholders to prioritize and complete projects designed to make communities safer and ease potential damage from disasters. JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is assisting with this plan development update.
Residents, communities, counties, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and other stakeholders from throughout the Lower Elkhorn NRD planning area are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.
For more information on the Lower Elkhorn NRD, please go to their website.