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Project Purpose

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD) is leading the process of updating the 2016 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. 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 Papio-Missouri River NRD’s existing HMP was approved by FEMA in 2016, and FEMA requires that the HMP must be updated and approved within a five year period. 

Hazard mitigation planning provides participating entities an opportunity to evaluate risk to natural and man-made hazards and identify ways to reduce that risk. An effective HMP helps participants to prioritize and complete projects designed to make communities safer and ease potential damage from disasters. 

Residents, communities, counties, schools, fire departments, hospitals and more from throughout the Papio-Missouri River NRD are invited and encouraged to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

For more information on the Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation plan, please visit the project website at papiomitigation.org

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Hazard Mitigation Plan Status

The Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan has been submitted to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency for review. Pending state and federal approval, the plan must be adopted by the local governing body of each participating jurisdiction. For a copy of the adoption resolution template, please contact Brooke Seachord. 

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Past Plan Meetings

The HMP planning process included multiple public meetings which allowed community members, stakeholders, and local officials to learn about the plan and provide input on specific concerns and actions to pursue.

Round 1 Risk Assessment Meetings for the Papio NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan were held virtually using web and phone conferencing and were focused on collection information on community vulnerabilities and impacts from past hazard events.

Round 1 meetings were held on: May 6, May 7, May 13, May 21, and May 27, 2020.

Round 2 Mitigation Strategy Meetings were also all held virtually and provided an opportunity for local planning teams to review previously collected information, identify and prioritize new mitigation actions, and evaluate current planning mechanisms.

Round 2 meetings were held on: October 5, October 13, October 19, October 22, October 27, and October 28, 2020.

Meeting materials and a recording of meetings are on a Google Drive for all participants. The Google Drive can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3bvzqsc . To provide additional input on the HMP, please contact Becky Appleford at rappleford@jeo.com or Brooke Seachord at bseachord@jeo.com.

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Public Review Period

The draft 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan was available for a 30-day Public Review Period to all participating jurisdictions, residents, and community stakeholders. This period ran from Monday, January 4th to Friday, February 5th, 2021.  Copies of the draft HMP with provided feedback are available below for review. For any  additional changes or concerns, please contact Brooke Seachord at bseachord@jeo.com. 

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2016 Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan

Links to the FEMA-approved 2016 Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan are provided below. 

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