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.