BC Flood Hazard Management Plan Update

Overview
Baldwin County is beginning the process to update the existing Flood Hazard Management Plan to better protect the people and property of the unincorporated areas of Baldwin County from the effects of flood hazard events.  The plan will be updated pursuant to the requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS).  Participation in CRS provides flood insurance premium rate reductions to policyholders in Baldwin County in recognition of the fact that the County implements activities that exceed the minimum NFIP requirements and is working towards the three goals of the CRS:

  • Reduce and avoid flood damage to insurable property.
  • Reduce and avoid flood damage to insurable property.
  • Strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP.
  • Foster comprehensive floodplain management.

Currently Baldwin County policyholders receive a 15% discount on flood insurance premiums.
What is  a Flood Hazard Management Plan?
A flood hazard management plan is the result of a planning process which identifies policies and actions that can be implemented over the long term to reduce the risk and future losses resulting from flood hazard events.  The planning process is structured around 10 steps, as shown in the figure to the right.

What is My Role in the Planning Process?Flood HAZARD
Baldwin County has contracted with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions, Inc. to facilitate the planning process and prepare the plan document.  Wood’s first tasks are to assist in convening the Planning Committee and begin preparations for a project kick-off meeting.  The Planning Committee will include representatives from agencies involved in flood hazard mitigation activities, agencies with the authority to regulate development, and offices responsible for enforcing local ordinances.   As a member of the PlanningCommittee, your participation in the planning process will include:

  • Attending and contributing in the planning meetings;
  • Providing requested data (as available);
  • Reviewing and providing comments on plan drafts;
  • Advertising, coordinating, and participating in the public input process; and
  • Coordinating the formal adoption of the plan.

What can I expect for the Planning Meetings?
In the coming months, Wood will facilitate three planning meetings with the Planning Committee, as briefly described below.  Detailed agendas and information on the context of each meeting or activities performed within each meeting will be provided during the planning process.

  • Project Kick-off Meeting.  This meeting will initialize work with the Planning Committee.  Wood will present information on CRS planning requirements, participation requirements of planning committee members, and the proposed project work plan and schedule. A plan for public involvement and coordination with other agencies and departments will also be discussed at this initial meeting, especially regarding external agencies, such as state and federal agencies that may have significant interests (property, critical assets and infrastructure) in the County or that have information to help support the planning process.  Wood will also provide follow-up interviews and data collection for development and community profile. 
  • Risk Assessment Meeting. This meeting will include presentation of the risk assessment results and review/development of mitigation goals.
  • Mitigation Strategy Meeting. This meeting will include updating of existing mitigation actions and identification and development of new mitigation strategies based upon the risk assessment.