The Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District (NRD) is working with JEO Consulting Group to update and combine the Hamilton, Seward, and York Counties Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMP). A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guideddocument that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects 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). Having an approved and updated plan enables 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 within your community.

Members of the community, schools, fire departments, hospitals, and other jurisdictions within the community 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 this plan update, the Upper Big Blue NRD, Hamilton County, Seward County, and York County are providing the 25% local match.

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Upcoming Meetings

The planning process will include public meetings, hosted by the NRD, County, and JEO staff, to provide an opportunity for community members and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide feedback. These meetings are designed to be an open forum for anyone to come and ask questions of the Planning Team and subject matter experts. Meeting details are listed below:

Hazard Mitigation Workshop

October 16, 2018
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Upper Big Blue NRD
319 E 25th St, York, NE 68467

Round 1 Meetings

December 10, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
East Basement of the Seward Civic Center
616 Bradford St, Seward, NE 68434


December 17, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Upper Big Blue NRD Board Room
319 E 25th St, York, NE 68467


December 19, 2018
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Aurora Fire Department
906 13th St, Aurora, NE 68818

Round 2 Meetings

TBD – Early 2019

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Hazard Mitigation Plan

A copy of the current Hazard Mitigation Plans may be downloaded below:

Hamilton County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Approved 2015

Seward County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Approved 2014

York County Hazard Mitigation Plan – Approved 2015

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