Region 24 Emergency Management is leading the process with JEO Consulting Group of updating the Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) which focuses on the reduction or elimination of impacts resulting from natural and man made hazards throughout the region. 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 qualify for several types of hazard mitigation funding opportunities. It also enables jurisdictions to be stronger and more resilient by:
- Reducing risk and impacts from disasters,
- Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
- Building partnerships within the jurisdiction
According to FEMA, every dollar spent on hazard mitigation planning results in a four-dollar savings on post-disaster cleanup and rebuilding. Members of the community, counties, schools, NRD, fire departments, hospitals, and other jurisdictions within the project area are invited to participate in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.
This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant. The cost shared 75% through federal funding and 25% through a local match. For this plan update Region 24 Emergency Management is providing the 25% local match.