The Upper Loup Natural Resources District (ULNRD) is beginning the process to update their 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 ULNRD last updated their HMP in 2015. Throughout this planning process, members of the community including school districts, fire departments, airports, hospitals, residents, and business owners 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. The ULNRD is providing the 25% local match.