Project Purpose

 

Tri-CountyNorth-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:

  1. Reducing your community's risk and impacts from disasters, 
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants, and 
  3. 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

Additional Resources

General

  • Drought Monitor
  • National Weather Service
  • High Plains Regional Climate Center
  • FEMA VII: Mitigation
  • Nebraska Silver Jackets

Emergency Management

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Planning Process

This planning process includes several rounds of public meetings for participants and interested stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input.

The project Kick-off Meeting was held Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 1:00pm. Representatives from participating jurisdictions were encouraged to attend virtually. This meeting discussed the scope of the project, roles and responsibilities of the plan participants, general project schedule, and preliminary data for plan development. A copy of the meeting minutes with a full description of information discussed as well as a recording of the kick-off meeting are available below. 

Round 1 meetings are anticipated to be held in September or October of 2022 with additional one-on-one meetings held as appropriate for participating jurisdictions across the Tri-County area. The purpose of Round 1 meetings is to review and update key demographic information; evaluate and describe top hazards of concern for each jurisdictions; and discuss local capabilities and vulnerabilities.

Round 2 meetings will be held in January or February of 2023. The key purpose of Round 2 meetings is to update and identify mitigation strategies to address hazards of top concern and to evaluate local planning mechanisms which integrate or support hazard mitigation concepts.

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