Pender County Draft Flood Ordinance
Pender County is in the process of updating its Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Please find a copy of the draft ordinance below:
FinalDraft_Pender County_2019 FDPO
Southeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan Update – Public Meeting
Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender Counties are working together to update the Southeastern NC Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. Natural disasters in our area are inevitably going to occur; however, the purpose of this plan is to assess the natural hazard risks that our communities face and determine how to reduce the impact when disaster strikes.
Public input and support are essential parts of this plan. In order to develop the most effective and beneficial plan possible, your input is needed! A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 22th from 6pm-7pm at the New Hanover County Northeast Library (1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405).
All interested residents from the counties and participating jurisdictions are invited to attend the meeting. By applying a collective approach to hazard mitigation plan development, we will contribute to a more resilient community! We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd!
Pender County Hazard Mitigation Plan Update
Pender County, as well as Brunswick, Onlsow and New Hanover Counties, is updating the Southeastern Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The goal of this update to the regional plan is to increase resiliency in southeastern North Carolina by providing collaborative planning action to mitigate the impacts of hazardous events. For every $1 invested in disaster mitigation, $6 is saved by the public. This update is an ongoing process that likely won’t be completed until 2021. In the meantime, you can help provide input for this plan by filling out a survey at this link: https://s.surveyplanet.com/HOFD76fsq
What is the National Flood Insurance Program?
The National Flood Insurance Program was created by congress in 1968 to reduce the loss of life and property, and the rising disaster relief costs caused by flooding. The program was designed to achieve these goals by: 1) requiring that new and future substantially improved buildings be constructed to resist flood damages; 2) guiding future development away from flood hazard areas; and 3) transferring the costs of flood losses from the American taxpayers to floodplain property owners through flood insurance premiums. In recent decades, over 80 percent of disaster losses nationwide have been caused by floods.
The NFIP is a voluntary program based on a mutual agreement between the federal government and the local community. Federally-backed flood insurance coverage is available to any property owner in return for mitigation of flood risks by community regulation of floodplain development. Flood insurance, and most types of federal financial assistance, such as mortgage loans and grants, are only available in those communities that adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance that meets or exceeds the minimum NFIP standards. These same standards must also be adhered to by all federal agencies under a Presidential Floodplain Management Executive Order.
Pender County is a generally flat county and consequently has experienced flooding on the coast and near waterways. To view the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) that have been issued for Pender County click on this link: http://gis.pendercountync.gov/maps/. These maps were adopted in 2007 and are considered the effective maps to determine the flood risk for Pender County. Additionally, floodplain data is provided in digital format to be viewed and downloaded from the NC Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP)’s web site at https://fris.nc.gov/fris/Home.aspx . Preliminary floodplain maps for the new FIRM are available but have not been adopted. Directions on how to access the Preliminary Maps.
To review the local floodplain ordinance click on this link: Pender County Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance.
FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (MA) grant programs provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages. Currently, FEMA administers the following HMA grant programs:
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)
- Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA)
- Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC)
- Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL)
The HMA grant programs provide funding opportunities for pre- and post-disaster mitigation. FEMA’s HMA grants are provided to eligible Applicants that, in turn, provide sub grants to local governments and communities.
Flood Information Links
- Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)
- Community Status Book (FEMA)
- Elevation Certificate self study (FEMA)
- FEMA Independent Study Program
- Flood Protection Information
- Floodplain Mapping Project
- North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers (NCAFPM)
- Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012
- North Carolina Floodplain Management Guide