Project Purpose

Cedar and Dixon Counties are updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. A HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerability to natural and man-made hazards, and mitigation measures 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:

  1. Reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters;
  2. Gaining eligibility for pre- and post-disaster mitigation grants; and
  3. Building partnerships and relationships with stakeholders within your community and region.

Hazard Mitigation Plans are required to be updated and approved every five years. Cedar and Dixon Counties last updated their HMP in 2016. Throughout the 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. Cedar and Dixon Counties are providing the 25% local match

Map of Cedar and Dixon Counties Planning Area


Plan Meetings

The planning process includes public meetings in both counties to provide an opportunity for eligible jurisdictions and community stakeholders to learn about the plan and provide input for their district. These meetings are normally hosted in communities across the planning area and facilitated by JEO staff. However, due to COVID-19 and related health guidelines, meetings were held virtually through Zoom web conference.


Round 1 meetings were held virtually in June 2020.

  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM 
  • Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 7:00 PM


Round 2 meetings were held virtually in October 2020.

  • Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM
Approved 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan

A copy of the approved Hazard Mitigation Plan by section may be downloaded below.

Regional Upfront Section: This section is a regional overview of the Cedar & Dixon Counties planning area and contains Sections 1-6.

Cedar County Appendix: This appendix includes Cedar County, Village of Coleridge, Village of Fordyce, City of Hartington, Village of Magnet, Village of Obert, Village of St. Helena, Village of Wynot, Hartington-Newcastle Public Schools, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge Public Schools, Hartington Fire Department (includes Fordyce Fire Department), and Randolph Volunteer Fire District

Dixon County Appendix: This appendix includes Dixon County, Village of Allen, Village of Dixon, Village of Martinsburg, Village of Maskell, Village of Newcastle, City of Ponca, Village of Waterbury, Ponca Public Schools, Allen-Waterbury Fire District, Dixon Volunteer Fire & Rescue, Newcastle Rural Fire District, and Ponca Fire & Rescue.

Special Districts Appendix: This appendix includes Lewis and Clark Natural Resources District and Northeast Nebraska Public Health Department.

Appendix A: This appendix includes  documents of public involvement.

Appendix B: This appendix includes public meeting materials and worksheets.

Appendix C: This appendix includes worksheets to assist communities review and update the plan.

Appendix D: This appendix includes the hazard mitigation project funding guidebook.

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