The Nemaha Natural Resources District (NRD) is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. An HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerabilities to natural and man-made hazards, then determines mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate those vulnerabilities. This project also includes an NRD-wide assessment of drought vulnerability, and the development of a drought management plan for the City of Auburn Board of Public Works. Having an approved HMP is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for jurisdictions to become eligible for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. An HMP will enable your community to be stronger and more resilient by:
- Reducing your community's risk and impacts from disasters,
- Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
- Building partnerships with stakeholders within your community and region.
HMPs are required to be updated and approved every five years. The Nemaha NRD last updated their HMP in 2015. Throughout the planning process, members of the community are invited to participate by attending public meetings and providing information for the plan. Jurisdictions eligible to participate include:
- School Districts
- Fire Districts
- Local Health Departments
- Drainage Districts
- Rural Water Districts
- Sanitary Improvement Districts
- Other taxing authorities
This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which offers 75% federal funding with a 25% local match. The Nemaha NRD is providing the 25% local match.