Project Purpose

Central Nebraska is at risk to a wide-range of natural and man-made hazards like tornadoes, floods, winter storms, dam failure, chemical releases, agricultural disease, and more. In response to these risks, the Central Platte Natural Resources District (CPNRD), in collaboration with JEO Consulting Group, Inc. is seeking to better understand how these hazardous events impact central Nebraskans in order to increase community resilience to disasters. To that end, CPNRD will be updating their 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 CPNRD.

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 CPNRD


The planning area for the CPNRD HMP includes the counties of Buffalo, Dawson, Hall, Merrick, and Polk. Members of the community, schools, fire districts, irrigation districts, and other jurisdictions within the five counties are invited to participate  in this process by attending meetings and providing information for the plan.

For more information about the Central Platte NRD, please visit their website.

Central Platte NRD HMP Planning Area Map

Approved 2022 Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan

The FEMA approved 2022 Central Platte NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for download below.

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Buffalo County Appendix - This appendix includes Buffalo County, Village of Amherst, Village of Elm Creek, City of Gibbon, City of Kearney, Village of Pleasanton, City of Ravenna, Village of Riverdale, Village of Shelton, Gibbon Public Schools, Kearney Public Schools, Pleasanton Public Schools, Ravenna Public Schools, Shelton Public Schools, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Dawson County Appendix - This appendix includes Dawson County,  City of Cozad, Village of Eddyville, Village of Farnam, City of Gothenburg, City of Lexington, Village of Overton, Village of Sumner, Drain Districts (No.2&No.3), Eustis-Farnam Public Schools, and Lexington Public Schools.

Hall County Appendix - This appendix includes Hall County, Village of Alda, Village of Cairo, Village of Doniphan, City of Grand Island, City of Wood River, Centura Public Schools, and Wood River Rural Schools.

Merrick County Appendix  - This appendix includes Merrick County, Central City, Village of Chapman, Village of Clarks, Village of Silver Creek, and Central City Public Schools.

Polk County Appendix - This appendix includes Polk County, City of Osceola, Village of Polk, Village of Shelby, City of Stromsburg, and Cross Country Community Schools.

Other Jurisdictions Appendix - This appendix includes the Central Platte NRD, Village of Eustis, Fire Districts (Central City Fire District, Doniphan Fire District, Elm Creek Fire District, Gibbon Volunteer Fire District, Lexington Fire District, and Pleasanton Fire District),  Four Corners Health Department, and Two Rivers Public Health Department.

Appendix A - Documents of Public Involvement

Appendix B - Public Meeting Materials and Worksheets

Appendix C - Worksheets to Assist Communities Review and Update the HMP

Appendix D - Hazard Mitigation Project Funding Guidebook

Appendix F - Grand Island Region Flood Risk Assessment

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