Having an approved and updated Hazard Mitigation Plan 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, including 75% federal cost-sharing under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program after flooding, drought, earthquake, wildfire, storms and other natural disasters. The current Hazard Mitigation Plan was approved in 2009. An update is required by FEMA every five years.
Hazard mitigation planning includes working with participating communities, the NRD, 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, funded by a FEMA planning grant. The update team consists of representatives from the NRD, community representatives, representatives, county supervisors, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources, and the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency.