The Region 23 Emergency Management Agency is leading the effort to update their regional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. A HMP is a community-guided document which identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate such risks. Having an approved HMP is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for jurisdictions to become eligible for several grant funding options. Having an approved and updated plan enables 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
- Builds partnerships and relationships with stakeholders within your community and region.
Hazard Mitigation Plans are required to be updated and approved every five years. The Region last updated their HMP in 2015. Throughout this planning process, members of the community are invited to participate by attending public meetings and providing information for the plan.
This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which includes 75% federal funding and 25% local match provided by Region 23 and participating communities. As part of this planning process, the regional Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is also being updated and integrated into the HMP. The CWPP evaluates risk to wildfire potential and identifies strategies to reduce this risk. The planning team leading the HMP and CWPP update consists of representatives from Region 23 Emergency Management, Upper Niobrara White NRD, officials from participating counties and communities in the region, local fire departments, as well as representatives from NEMA, NeDNR, and the Nebraska Forestry Service.