Project Purpose

The South Platte Natural Resources District (NRD), in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, is in the process of updating their 2017 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP). A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. FEMA requires that an HMP be updated and approved within a five-year period. Having an approved and updated plan enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by:

  1. Reducing your community’s risk and potential impacts from hazards and disasters such as: tornadoes, flooding, drought, hail, severe winter storms, agricultural plant and animal diseases, wildfire, chemical spills, etc.;
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and
  3. Building partnerships within your community and across counties.


The planning area for the South Platte NRD HMP includes the counties of Cheyenne, Deuel, and Kimball. Members of the community, schools, NRD, fire districts, irrigation districts, and other jurisdictions within the three counties 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 is shared 75% through federal funding and 25% through a local match.

For more information about the South Platte NRD, please visit their website.


South Platte NRD planning area map



Planning Meetings

This planning process included public meetings to provide an opportunity for participants and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some meetings were held virtually using Zoom, with options to join online or by phone.

Round 1 Risk Assessment Meetings took place on July 28th and 29th, 2021. The main purpose of these meetings was to review and update key demographic information; evaluate and describe top hazards of concern for each jurisdiction; and discuss local capabilities or vulnerabilities. 

Round 2 Mitigation Strategy Meetings took place on December 16th and 20th, 2021. These meetings included updating and identifying mitigation strategies to address hazards of top concern, and an evaluation of local planning mechanisms which integrate or support hazard mitigation concepts. 



Public Review - 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The draft 2022 South Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan is now available for Public Review.

The draft will be available for review Friday, March 25, 2022 to Friday, April 15, 2022. At the end of this period, the complete multi-jurisdictional plan will be submitted to the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for final approval. Public Review Period is the last opportunity to review draft profiles. Please submit any requested changes or correction to Anthony Kohel at or use the comment box below. 


Draft South Platte NRD Regional Plan

Draft Special Jurisdictions Appendix - includes South Platte NRD, Region 21 Emergency Management, Bushnell Fire District, Dix Fire District, Kimball Municipal Airport, Kimball Public Schools, Leyton Public Schools, Lodgepole Fire District, Potter Fire District, Sidney Fire District, and Sidney Public Schools.

Draft Cheyenne County Appendix - includes Cheyenne County, Village of Dalton, Village of Gurley, Village of Lodgepole, Village of Potter, and City of Sidney.

Draft Deuel County Appendix - includes Deuel County, Village of Big Springs, and City of Chappell.

Draft Kimball County Appendix - includes Kimball County, Village of Bushnell, and City of Kimball.

Public Review Comment Box

If you would like to provide comments about the plan, feel free to use the comment box below.  Please provide your name and contact information (phone number or email address).

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