Risk MAP Project Coordination Meeting: Burlington County, NJ. FEMA REGION II May 8, 2013 Westampton, New Jersey

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1 Risk MAP Project Coordination Meeting: Burlington County, NJ FEMA REGION II May 8, 2013 Westampton, New Jersey

2 Agenda Introductions Purpose of this Meeting Risk MAP Program Overview Anticipated Project Schedule Discovery Process Flood Risk Products Burlington County Study Area Mitigation Planning NFIP and Community Rating System Risk Communication Next Steps Discussion Session 2

3 Introductions Project Team Local Burlington County & Communities State - NJ Department of Environmental Planning Joseph Ruggeri Supervising Engineer FEMA Region II: Robert Schaefer Project Monitor Cathleen Carlisle Hazard Mitigation Planning Lead Pat Griggs Floodplain Management & Insurance Lead RAMPP Staff: David Rubenstein Study Manager Mike Seering Region 2 Riverine Study Coordinator Emily Dhingra Region 2 Coastal Study Coordinator Tolga Yilmaz Region II Support Center Deputy Coordinator 3

4 Who s Here? State or Federal Representatives County Officials Local Communities CEOs/Elected Officials Floodplain Administrators Emergency Planners Town Engineers Non-Governmental Organizations Private sector Other 4

5 Does Your Community Have a designated floodplain administrator? Have GIS capabilities? Have an approved hazard mitigation plan? Participate in the Community Rating System? Have coordinated comprehensive and hazard mitigation plans? 5

6 Purpose of This Meeting Share your concerns about flood risk Share any additional flood data you may have: Areas of recent or proposed development Areas of historical flooding or flooding not shown on map Areas of possible mitigation interest Risk communication needs Explain the FEMA flood risk products and how they can increase your community s resilience from floods Share your thoughts on which FEMA flood risk products or mitigation projects you would like in your community 6

7 What is Risk MAP? FEMA works with communities to develop flood risk products and flood hazard maps that are: Based on the best available data from the community and latest technologies Conducted on a watershed basis You can use Risk MAP tools and data to: Improve and implement your Hazard Mitigation Plans Use information to influence decisions about development, ordinances, and flood mitigation projects Communicate with citizens about flood risk Our common goal: to maintain the sustainability of your community by increasing its resilience from floods and other natural hazards 7

8 Sustainable Communities Sustainability meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs Traditional indicators of sustainability are social, economic and environmental health Sustainable Communities Take Action to Reduce Risk and Mitigate Hazards By mitigating against natural hazards, and reducing vulnerability to them, we are enhancing sustainability Sustainable communities minimize exposure of people and property to natural disasters; sustainable communities are disaster-resilient communities. 8

9 Shifting from MapMod to Risk MAP Risk MAP = Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning 9

10 Risk MAP Project Schedule Risk MAP Project Coordination Meeting: May 8, 2013 Final Risk MAP Project Coordination Meeting Report: Late May 2013 Flood Study Review Meeting: Early Summer 2014 Deliver Preliminary Map Products: Summer of 2014 CCO Meeting: Summer of 2014 Appeal Process: Fall of 2014 Letter of Final Determination: Spring 2015 Resilience Meeting: Spring 2015 Effective: Late Summer/ Early Fall of

11 Discovery Products and Results Discovery Report Including summary of data, analysis, meetings, and action items or decisions Discovery Map Visual representation of meeting outcomes and feedback from stakeholders Project Study Areas 11

12 Contents of Disks Each CD disk contains the following DRAFT information: Draft Discovery Report GIS data used to generate the maps Wall Maps used at meetings Biggert Waters FY12 handout Joining Community Rating System handout Burlington Information handout 12

13 Opportunities for Collaboration Project Charter/Cooperating Technical Partnership GIS capabilities Public/private partnerships Education and outreach Strategic communications plan development Information materials development and dissemination Media relations Training Web site and social media links 13

14 Flood Risk Products Traditional Regulatory Products Non-Regulatory Products (new for Risk MAP) DFIRM Database Traditional products are regulatory and subject to statutory due-process requirements Risk MAP products are nonregulatory and are not subject to statutory due-process requirements 14

15 Burlington County Risk MAP Study Regulatory Scope County-wide production and distribution New Appendix K Clearer color maps New Appendix L Better links FIRM Database to Panels New FIS format (FEMA s PM 66) Digital format, more user-friendly 15

16 Flood Risk Database (red = enhanced) Changes Since Last FIRM Horizontal Changes and Results Structure/Population counts impacted by change Depth & Analysis Grids Depth (10-, 04-, 02-, 01-, 0.2-percent chance) Percent Annual Chance Percent 30-Year Grid Delivery of Water Surface Elevation (multi-freq) Water Surface Elevation Change Grid (1%) Velocity Grids Multi Freq Grids for Coastal Areas, etc. Flood Risk Assessment Average Annualized Loss 2010 Refined Flood Risk Assessment HAZUS or Non-HAZUS with improved data/assumptions Areas of Mitigation Interest Areas of Mitigation Opportunity or Awareness 16

17 Non-Regulatory Flood Risk Products and Datasets Flood Risk Database Changes Since Last FIRM Data Areas of Mitigation Interest Flood Risk Assessment Data Flood Depth & Analysis Grids Flood Risk Map Flood Risk Report Ad-Hoc Flood Risk Analyses 17

18 Flood Risk Report Increase General Flood Risk Awareness Risk and Causes Risk Reduction Techniques and Mitigation Practices Deliver Community and Project Level Results Project Results Summarized by: Communities Watershed or Project Area Provide Information to Augment or Enhance Other Efforts Local Hazard Mitigation Planning Local Emergency Management Planning Local Planning and Building Development 18

19 Changes Since Last FIRM Unchanged Unchanged SFHA Increase SFHA Increase SFHA Decrease Unchanged 19 19

20 Flood Depth and Analysis Grids Datasets that show depth, velocity, and probability of flood inundation as functions of event s magnitude Serves as key inputs to HAZUS Risk Assessment Analyses Increases flood risk awareness 20

21 Flood Risk Assessment Identifies flood-prone areas and vulnerable people and property Provides estimate of potential damage HAZUS MH Flood Risk Assessment 21

22 Areas of Mitigation Interest Dataset that shows items that may have an impact (positive or negative) on the identified flood hazards and/or flood risks Examples include: Riverine and coastal flood control structures (e.g. dams, levees, coastal berms, etc.) At risk essential facilities and emergency routes that could overtopped Stream flow constrictions (e.g. undersized culverts and bridge openings, etc.) Previous assistance and claims Hot Spots (clusters of IA and PA claims, RL, SRL) Significant land use changes Significant riverine or coastal erosion Locations of successful mitigation projects Enhanced/optional product 22

23 Average Annualized Loss Estimation MAP SYMBOLOGY HAZUS Average Annualized Loss (per census block) $1 - $100,000 $100,001 - $250,000 $250,001 - $500,000 $500,001- $750,000 $750,001- $1,000,000 Streams County Boundary 23

24 Burlington County Risk MAP Study Regulatory Scope New Coastal Study (39 miles): Delaware river and Atlantic ocean Redelineation (233.5 miles) Previously identified floodplains and associated detailed flood elevations paired with updated topographic data that retains the integrity of the existing Engineering analysis Digital Lift-up (34.5 miles) Using the floodplain boundary from the old effective maps as-is, without using the updated aerial or the updated topographic data Approximate Study (689 miles) Hydrology is being performed using NED dataset and 2006 USGS regression equations. Hydraulics analysis and mapping was performed using LiDAR data and FLO-2D Models 24

25 Delaware River - Coastal Analysis Memorandum: Evaluation of Region III Storm Surge Study in the Delaware River Submitted to FEMA on March 7, 2013 No Coastal Transects Required on Delaware River Portion of Study No coastal high-velocity Zone VE 25

26 Delaware River - Coastal Analysis 26

27 Why Burlington County? Population Recent and projected growth Number of current and projected housing units Number of flood policies Incidence of flood claims Incidence of repetitive loss claims Number of repetitive loss properties Number of declared flood disasters Availability of recent data 27

28 Data Collection and Collaboration Discovery is the process of data mining, collection, and analysis with the goal of investigating a flood risk or mitigation project or risk discussions within a watershed. The following data was researched and reviewed before the meeting: Terrain: FEMA Imagery: State of New Jersey Office of Information Technology (NJOIT) Political Boundaries: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Transportation: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 28

29 Discovery Map: Flood Risk 29

30 Discovery Map: Potential Loss 30

31 Data We Need from You Areas of Concern Areas of recent or planned development Areas of high growth or other significant land changes Areas of historical flooding Other flood risks Mitigation projects Your ideas about Risk MAP products and mitigation projects that may help your community Your ideas about other ways to increase your community s resilience from flooding To explain some of the actions that your community may take to reduce risk, we ll review mitigation grants and planning and participation in the NFIP program 31

32 Hazard Mitigation Planning Risk MAP and Mitigation Planning Coordinated and participative Planning Process Local hazard mitigation plans must be updated every five (5) years. Current Mitigation plan: May 2008 Refer to the Plan & Keep it Current Mitigation Planning Cycle Identify hazards that can affect the jurisdiction Use new Risk MAP information to update local HMP. Flood Hazard Profile Risk Assessment Mitigation Strategy Adopt the plan and implement the mitigation strategy Assess the risks from these hazards Develop strategy to mitigate the risks 32

33 Categories of Flood Mitigation Activities 33

34 Possible Mitigation Activities Mitigation should be part of overall hazard mitigation plan 1 to 2 foot of freeboard for new structures. Cumulative substantial improvement clause. List of publicly owned buildings that have flood risk. Acquisition of flood prone structures. County GIS system. Updated weather tracking equipment. Stream bank stabilization projects Identified sanitary sewer mains vulnerable to erosion from flood Adopted a wellhead protection ordinance. Vulnerability assessment of water and wastewater infrastructure. Elevate, move and acquire flood damaged structures. Identify vulnerable critical facilities. Implement mitigation measures for repetitive loss properties. Require elevation of new structures and substantially improved structures. Natural stream restoration 34

35 Mitigation Grant Programs (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) Available after a major disaster declaration - the amount of funding is 15% of the total federal assistance provided by FEMA for disaster recovery under the major disaster declaration. Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Nationally competitive grant program that funds cost effective, comprehensive mitigation activities that reduce injuries, loss of life, and damage to property. 35

36 Mitigation Grant Programs - FEMA (cont d) Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) Purpose is to reduce/eliminate the risk of flood damage to these residential properties and the associated drain on the National Flood Insurance Fund (NFIF) from the flood insurance claims associated with these properties. Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) Nationally competitive grant program established to reduce the risk of flood damage to structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that have had one or more claim payments for flood damages. 36

37 Mitigation Grant Programs - FEMA (cont d) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Provides funding to assist States and communities in implementing measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the NFIP. 37

38 Mitigation Grant Programs (non- FEMA) New Jersey Office Of Emergency Management Corps of Engineers Housing and Urban Development State Hazard Mitigation Office 38

39 National Flood Insurance Program Allows property owners to purchase flood insurance at reduced rates State and local governments agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances Over 20,300 communities participate in the NFIP 39

40 Community Rating System (CRS) Flood insurance premium rates discounted to reward community actions that reduce flood losses, facilitate accurate insurance ratings, and promote the awareness of flood insurance Class rating system from 1 to 10 Each Class improvement (500 point increments) results in additional 5% discount, up to 45% in SFHAs for Class 1 communities Uniform minimum credits give you points for activities on the state level (state laws) and make achieving a Class 9 relatively easy 18 creditable activities, organized under four categories: Public Information Mapping and Regulations Flood Damage Reduction Flood Preparation City of Burlington is currently in CRS Borough of Palmyra is currently in CRS 40

41 Recommended Higher Standards 1-2 feet of freeboard Restrictions on hazardous material storage Regulated high risk land uses (e.g. manufactured homes/critical infrastructure) 50 foot Setbacks/ Buffers Conservation/open space area Cumulative Substantial Damage/Substantial Improvement Lower threshold for Substantial Damage Subdivision design triggering flood study Prohibitions SFHA development Manufactured homes Fill Community Identified Flood Areas 41

42 Risk Communication Federal/State/Local goals: To reduce risk to life and property, ensure safer, sustainable communities To effectively communicate risk and increase public awareness, leading citizens to make informed decisions regarding their risk Key factors contributing to successful achievement of these goals are: Community engagement and exchange of flood risk information Effective collaboration through partnerships Strategic communications plan development Local understanding and implementation of mitigation action and strategies 42

43 Next Steps Communities can provide additional data FEMA will: finalize Discovery Map and Discovery Report and distribute to communities and other stakeholders update FEMA systems (Coordinated Needs Management Strategy, National Digital Elevation/Orthophotography Programs, etc.) We look forward to continuing to work with you to help you create a more flood resilient watershed 43

44 Feedback Deadline We need comments returned by MAY 24, 2013 Digital comments can be submitted David Rubenstein: Written comments can be sent to: RAMPP Attention: David Rubenstein URS Corporation Milestone Center Drive, Suite 150 Germantown, MD

45 Resources Risk Assessment, Mapping and Planning Partners: (click on Region II) draft Discovery report, PowerPoint presentation, and maps will be posted here FEMA: Floodsmart, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): NFIP Reform: Region II Coastal Analysis and Mapping: 45

46 Resources New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection: New Jersey State Office of Emergency Management: Burlington County Emergency Management Mitigation Plan 46

47 Contact Information NJDEP Senior Engineer: Joseph Ruggeri / / FEMA Risk Analysis Engineer: Robert Schaefer / / Hazard Mitigation Planner: Cathleen Carlisle / / Flood Insurance & Management Lead: Pat Griggs / / RAMPP Project Manager: David Rubenstein/

48 Discussion Session We want to hear from you! What are areas of recent or planned development or high growth or other significant land changes? What other flood risks are there? What other mitigation plans and projects are there? Do any of the Risk MAP products make sense for your community? What are your community s concerns? How can we (both FEMA and you) communicate risk within your community and increase resilience from floods? 48

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