North-central Nebraska is at risk to a wide-range of natural and human-caused hazards like tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failure, extreme heat, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Region 11 Emergency Management Agency, in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking to evaluate how these hazardous events impact Antelope, Holt, and Knox Counties (called the Tri-County Planning Area) to increase community resilience. Additionally, FEMA requires that an HMP be updated and approved on a five-year cycle. To these ends, Tri-County will be updating their 2017 Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) over the next year with the goal of reducing risk to hazards before they happen to communities in the Tri-County area.
A hazard mitigation plan is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to hazards and mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate this vulnerability. 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
- Building partnerships across the Tri-County area
The planning area for the Tri-County HMP includes entirety of Antelope, Holt, and Knox Counties. Members of the community, school districts, 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 through FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. The cost is shared 75% through federal funding and 25% through a local match.
For more information about the Tri-County area, please visit the Region 11 Emergency Management Agency website, the Antelope County website, the Holt County website, and the Knox County website.
- Drought Monitor
- National Weather Service
- High Plains Regional Climate Center
- FEMA VII: Mitigation
- Nebraska Silver Jackets