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The Region 23 Emergency Management Agency 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 a regional assessment of wildfire vulnerability and the update of the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan.

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:

  1. Reducing your community's risk and impacts from disasters,
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. Building partnerships with stakeholders within your community and region.


HMPs are required to be updated and approved every five years. The Region 23 EMA 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
  • Colleges
  • Other taxing authorities


This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which offers 75% federal funding with a 25% local match. Region 23 EMA and participating jurisdictions are providing the 25% local match.


Hazard Mitigation Plan Status

The 2020 Region 23 Hazard Mitigation Plan is currently available for public review. This open comment period is an opportunity for all planning team members and residents in the planning area to review and provide any corrections to the draft HMP prior to its submission to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Copies of the draft HMP are available below. Any comments, questions, or revisions to sections can be sent to Brooke Seachord, Project Coordinator, at 

Region 23 HMP Upfront

Special Districts Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Region 23 EMA, Upper Niobrara White NRD, and local school districts. 

Box Butte County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Box Butte County, City of Alliance, and Village of Hemingford

Dawes County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Dawes County, City of Chadron (Chadron State College), and City of Hemingford

Sheridan County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Sheridan County, City of Gordon, City of Hay Springs, and City of Rushville

Sioux County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Sioux County and the Village of Harrison

Community Wildfire Protection Plan Update

As part of the HMP update, the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) is also being reviewed, revised, and updated.  CWPPs are regional plans that identify and prioritize wildfire risks as well as strategies which can be implemented to reduce overall wildfire vulnerability. The Pine Ridge Area CWPP includes all of Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. Local fire districts and stakeholders in the planning area are encouraged to participate in the CWPP update process. 

Plan update information and meeting information will be provided here as available. For more information about CWPPs  and the update of the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan click HERE.  

If you are part of a Fire District, please download, complete, and return the survey linked below. 

Fire District Survey

2013 Pine Ridge Area CWPP

Past Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Region 23 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update process began in September 2013 with a project kick-off meeting. Two rounds of public meetings were held; the first round of meetings, focused on hazard identification and risk assessment, were in January 2014, and the second round of meetings, focused on project identification, occurred in June 2014.

The multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plan has since been updated and approved by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Sections from the HMP are available from the links below. 


Main Section

Dawes County

Box Butte County

Sheridan County

Sioux County

Upper Niobrara – White Natural Resource District

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