The Region 23 Emergency Management Agency is updating their Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) with the assistance of JEO Consulting Group. An HMP is a community-guided document that identifies vulnerabilities to natural and man-made hazards, then determines mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate those vulnerabilities. This project also includes a regional assessment of wildfire vulnerability and the update of the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan.
Having an approved HMP is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for jurisdictions to become eligible for Hazard Mitigation Assistance grants. An HMP will enable 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 with stakeholders within your community and region.
HMPs are required to be updated and approved every five years. The Region 23 EMA last updated their HMP in 2015. Throughout the planning process, members of the community are invited to participate by attending public meetings and providing information for the plan. Jurisdictions eligible to participate include:
- School Districts
- Fire Districts
- Local Health Departments
- Other taxing authorities
This plan update is funded by a FEMA planning grant which offers 75% federal funding with a 25% local match. Region 23 EMA and participating jurisdictions are providing the 25% local match.
The 2020 Region 23 Hazard Mitigation Plan has been reviewed and approved by the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency. The approved plan is available below for download. Community sections may be viewed under their appropriate County Appendix.
Special Districts Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Region 23 EMA, Upper Niobrara White NRD, and local school districts.
Box Butte County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Box Butte County, City of Alliance, and Village of Hemingford
Dawes County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Dawes County, City of Chadron (Chadron State College), and City of Hemingford
Sheridan County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Sheridan County, City of Gordon, City of Hay Springs, and City of Rushville
Sioux County Appendix - this appendix includes the community profiles for Sioux County and the Village of Harrison
As part of the HMP update, the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) has also being reviewed, revised, and updated. CWPPs are regional plans that identify and prioritize wildfire risks as well as strategies which can be implemented to reduce overall wildfire vulnerability. The Pine Ridge Area CWPP includes all of Box Butte, Dawes, Sheridan, and Sioux counties. Local fire districts and stakeholders in the planning area are encouraged to participate in the CWPP update process.
For more information about CWPPs and the update of the Pine Ridge Area Community Wildfire Protection Plan click HERE.