BURGAW – Pender County Hazard Mitigation Coordinator Daniel Adams reported progress on the county’s mitigation action strategies related to floodplain management that are identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan.
“Pender County joined the Community Rating System (CRS) in October 2020, which is a FEMA program that provides discounts to flood insurance policyholders in the county for various creditable activities completed by staff,” said Adams. “Each year we have to recertify that we’re continuing to complete the creditable activities that earn points towards those policy discounts.”
One of those activities is a progress report on mitigation action strategies that were identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan related to floodplain management and providing information to the public.
“We continue to work on all 34 points identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan,” said Adams.
Among the items in the progress report was the county’s provision to provide information regarding floodplain mapping to help citizens better understand flood risk for their property or a property they may be interested in purchasing.
“We provide this service in person and online,” Adams said.
The Planning Department has two Certified Floodplain Managers on staff who can assist citizens with floodplain development or flood insurance-related questions.
Pender County continues to seek funding through state and federal grant programs to improve resilience by removing or elevating flood prone structures. The county also invests in improving drainage on natural waterways to reduce the impact of future flood events.
Adams said the progress report is available below.510 - Annual Progress Report Memo