Leveraged Flood Risk Data Drives Community Actions Towards Resilience
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. EDT
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The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how to integrate hazard risk management into the broader context of community planning activities, by leveraging digital data compiled by the NC Floodplain Mapping Program, to better communicate risk assessments that can help inform actions for reducing or eliminating those risks.
By the end of this session participants will have a clear understanding of how the Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) tool developed by NCEM's Risk Management Section allows for the integration of various local plans into flood hazard risk management processes to result in a reduction of flood risk. The Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP) is designed to facilitate and document: (1) the extent and probability of flooding; (2) the anticipated structural damage / loss associated with such flooding; and, (3) provide options for mitigation strategies and actions committed to by state, county and/or local decision makers and floodplain practitioners. The FRMP incorporates updated engineering / survey data and models with updated building inventory data, and can serve as a hub for other local land us plan efforts. The plan is designed primarily to communicate impact and risk from flood hazards to buildings and other infrastructure in North Carolina, and provides communities with updated digital flood hazard and risk data, models, methodologies, and maps. Flood risk is dynamic—flooding does not stop at a line on a map—and as such, the FRMP presents key risk analysis data for local jurisdictions including “hot spot” locations where flood losses are relatively high and mitigation actions may be appropriate. State, local, and tribal officials can use the summary information provided to: a) Update local hazard mitigation plans. (The 2000 Federal Stafford Act, local hazard mitigation plans must be updated at least every five (5) years.) b) Update community Comprehensive Plans, Parks/Open Space/Recreation Plans, CIPs, Post-Disaster Recovery Plans, Economic/Revitalization Plans, Transportation Plans, and/or update of Stormwater and/or Subdivision and Zoning Regulations. For example, zoning codes may be changed to better provide for appropriate land uses in high-hazard areas. c) Update emergency operations and response plans. Emergency managers can identify low-risk areas for potential evacuation and sheltering and can help first responders avoid areas of high-depth flood water. Risk assessment results may reveal vulnerable areas, facilities, and infrastructure for which planning for continuity of operations plans (COOP), continuity of government plans, and emergency operations plans would be essential. d) Inform the modification of development standards. Floodplain managers, planners, and public officials can use information in this report to support the adjustment of development standards for certain locations. The FRMP can help a community identify where gaps or deficiencies exist between local planning mechanisms and help develop a strategy to integrate efforts and make connections to address them.
Farrand Mundt, AICP
Benjamin Howell, firstname.lastname@example.org