The primary objective of this project is to update the 2012 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for the South Platte Natural Resources District (NRD) Hazard Mitigation Plan, a community-guided document that identifies both vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and mitigation measures to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. Hazard mitigation plans are a requirement of the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Once a community, NRD, or county is part of a plan, they become eligible to apply 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 NRD’s existing HMP was approved by FEMA in October, 2011. FEMA requires that the HMP must be updated and approved within a five year period. The NRD-wide plan includes hazard assessments for all eligible participants within the planning area. The eligible participants will include: counties, cities, villages, school districts, colleges, rural water districts, etc. The figure below illustrates the potential eligible jurisdictional boundaries for this plan.
This hazard mitigation plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant. The cost share is 75% federal funding and 25% local match. For this plan update, the South Platte NRD is providing the 25% local match.