Papio-Missouri NRD Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District (NRD), covering Burt, Dakota, Douglas, Sarpy, Thurston, and Washington Counties, is currently updating their Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan (HMP) for 2021. This plan is required to be updated and approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) every five years, with the last version approved in 2016. All communities are eligible and encouraged to participate in the planning process.

What is a Hazard Mitigation Plan?

An HMP is a community-guided document that assesses vulnerability to natural and human-caused hazards and identifies mitigation projects to reduce or eliminate such risks. An approved HMP is a FEMA requirement for jurisdictions to become eligible for several grant funding options. This approval enables your community to be stronger and more resilient by reducing your community’s risk and impacts from disasters, as well as building partnerships and relationships with stakeholders within your community and region.

This HMP update is funded by a FEMA planning grant that includes 75% federal funding and 25% local match. The Papio-Missouri River NRD is providing the 25% local match.

Why You Should Get Involved

In order to be successful, we need your participation and input on this community-driven HMP. Here are just a few of the reasons why public participation is important during the HMP planning process:

Advance Planning Saves Lives.

According to a 2017 report by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), implementing hazard mitigation tactics and exceeding building codes together would prevent 600 deaths, 1 million nonfatal injuries, and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder in the long term. Community-driven HMPs are proven in saving lives during disasters, which is why it’s imperative communities are involved in the planning process.

Advance Planning Saves Money.

Based on the same 2017 NIBS report, every $1 spent on hazard mitigation saves $6 on future disaster costs nationally. And as previously mentioned, FEMA-approved HMPs are needed to gain eligibility for federal mitigation grant programs. By planning and preparing for hazards in advance, communities can help increase recovery speed while also decreasing recovery costs.

Advance Planning Brings Communities Together.

Public participation during the HMP process helps determine, evaluate and prioritize local community hazards and vulnerabilities. Through the planning process, local entities can build partnerships to address these risks, create risk reduction tactics, and align these strategies with other community objectives. Knowledge is power – and the more a community knows together, the more prepared and resilient they can be before, during, and after a disaster.

The Planning Process

The Papio-Missouri River NRD planning process will include public meetings to allow interested stakeholders and community members to learn more about the plan and provide input on community vulnerabilities and actions to address such concerns.

Meeting Updates and Information

There is Jeopardy Campaign
Due to current concerns and directed health measures in place for COVID-19, the 2021 Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan Open House has been cancelled. In order to continue public engagement regarding the Hazard Mitigation Plan and updates, the Papio NRD and JEO Consulting Group have teamed together for the #ThereIsJeopardy social media campaign. This campaign will educate the public on the different types of hazards, how the planning process works, and what can be done to mitigate hazards in the future.

To participate in the #ThereIsJeopardy social media campaign, follow the Papio NRD’s Facebook page here. You can also reach out to one of the project contacts listed below or by submitting your information through the public input form if you’d like to provide information or feedback on the plan.

Round 1 Meetings
Round 1 Risk Assessment Meetings for the Papio NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan were held virtually using web and phone conferencing where community officials and stakeholders provided information on community vulnerabilities and impacts from hazards. If you were unable to attend a meeting or interested in contributing to the plan, please contact Beck Appleford at or Brooke Seachord at

2016 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The current Papio-Missouri River NRD Hazard Mitigation Plan is available for review and download below.

Resolution for Participation

For all jurisdictions participating in the 2021 Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, local boards or councils are required to adopt, sign, and provide a Resolution for Participation to demonstrate their commitment to this process. A draft copy of the resolution is available here. Once completed, please provide a copy to Brooke Seachord, JEO Lead Planner at or mail to 2700 Fletcher Ave, Lincoln NE 68504.

Resolution for Participation Doc

Give Feedback

Not able to make it to a public meeting? No worries! Provide feedback to the planning team by submitting your comments below.

Rebecca Appleford, CFM
JEO Consulting Group
(402) 392-9915

Lori Laster, CFM
Papio-Missouri NRD
(402) 315-1773

Public Input Form

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Planning Partners

8901 S 154th St, Omaha, NE 68138
(402) 444-6222