HAZARD MITIGATION UNIT

STATE HAZARD MITIGATION PROGRAM

saferoomDisasters can happen anytime, anywhere, and in any place. They can cause loss of life, damage buildings and infrastructure, and have devastating consequences for a community's economic, social, and environmental wellbeing. Nationwide, taxpayers pay billions of dollars annually to help communities, organizations, businesses, and individuals recover from disasters. These expenditures don't reflect the actual cost of disasters because tax dollars do not cover additional costs incurred by insurance companies and private entities. Many natural hazards are predictable, and much of the damage and expense caused by these events can be reduced or eliminated.

natural structuresTo assist communities in reducing these impacts, the NEMA Hazard Mitigation Unit develops the State Hazard Mitigation Plan (SHMP) and supports local communities with their mitigation planning efforts. The Hazard Mitigation Unit also administers two federal mitigation grant programs, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), and Pre-Disaster Mitigation-Legislature (PDM-L).

QUICK LINKS

Hazard Mitigation Assitance Grants
Hazard Mitigation Planning
Hazard Mitigation Resources
Public Assistance

Hazard Mitigation Program Contact:

Chelsea Harris, State Hazard Mitigation Officer & Program Supervisor
Email: nema.hazardmitigation@nebraska.gov

Nebraska’s Mitigation Goals

The Nebraska State Hazard Mitigation Unit strives to promote a comprehensive state hazard mitigation policy framework, to coordinate federal, state and local hazard mitigation planning and program efforts though a set of goals.

  • Promote a comprehensive state hazard mitigation policy framework, to coordinate federal, state and local hazard mitigation planning and program efforts.
  • Reduce or eliminate long-term risk to property, including critical facilities and infrastructure, historic, and private property.
  • Promote public awareness of hazards and how to reduce their impacts.
  • Encourage the development and implementation of long-term, cost effective, and resilient mitigation projects that preserve or restore the functions of natural systems.
  • Build stronger by promoting mitigation actions that emphasize sustainable construction and design measures to reduce or eliminate the impacts of natural hazards.

Importance of Mitigation

Mitigation saves! According to analysis from the National Institute of Building Sciences “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2019 Report”, depending on the hazard and the proposed mitigation action, communities can see up to an 11:1 return on their investment. That means that for every dollar spent on a mitigation action there is a corresponding reduction in recovery costs.

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From the National Institute of Building Sciences “Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2019 Report”.

Announcements and Updates:

The Hazard Mitigation Team is looking to fund eligible mitigation projects under DR-4616. Currently, 5% Initiative funds have been prioritized, thus projects such as sirens and generators are no longer being accepted under this grant. Mitigation activities such as property acquisitions, flood reduction projects, safe room and wind retrofit construction, soil stabilization, and wildfire mitigation will take priority. Eligible applicants are encouraged to reach out to the Hazard Mitigation Team and submit a Notice of Interest (NOI) to nema.hazardmitigation@nebraska.gov.

Open Grants

DR-4420

Severe Winter Storm, Straight-line Winds, Flooding

Status: In Implementation Phase
Declared Date: March 21, 2019
Application Period End Date: September 17, 2022
Period of Performance: September 17, 2023

DR-4616

Severe Storms and Straight-line Winds

Status: In Application Phase
Declared Date: September 6, 2021
Application Period End Date: March 5, 2023
Period of Performance: December 5, 2025

DR-4521

COVID-19 Pandemic

Status: In Application Phase
Declared Date: April 4, 2020
Application Period End Date: February 1, 2023
Period of Performance: November 3, 2025

DR-4662

Severe Storms and Straight-line Winds

Status: Accepting NOIs
Declared Date: July 27, 2022
Application Period End Date:
Period of Performance: July 27, 2026

DR-4641

Severe Storms and Straight-line Winds, Tornadoes

Status: Accepting NOIs
Declared Date: February 23, 2022
Application Period End Date: May 24, 2023
Period of Performance: May 24, 2026

FM-5436

Road 702 Fire

Status: Accepting NOIs
Declared Date: April 23, 2022
Application Period End Date: February 1, 2023
Period of Performance: April 23, 2025

BRIC 2020

Status: In Implementation Phase
NOI Date: September 23, 2020
Application Period End Date: January 29, 2021
Period of Performance: April 18, 2025

BRIC 2021

Status: In Application Phase
NOI Date: September 10, 2021
Application Period End Date: January 28, 2022
Period of Performance: September 27, 2025

BRIC 2022

Status: In Application Phase
NOI Date: September 23, 2022
Application Period End Date: January 27, 2023
Period of Performance: