COVID-19 IMPACTS ON FLOOD FIGHT
Unfortunately, this is a complicated situation and in order to respond to a flood event, your community may have to compromise on the recommendations for your response to containing COVID-19. Hence, the Flood Mitigation Industry Association encourages community leaders and individuals to consider solutions alternative to sandbagging such as rapidly deployable or pre-staged flood barriers that are less manually intensive to deploy.
NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION SAVES
"For this part of the ongoing study, the Institute’s project team looked at the benefits of designing buildings to meet the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) and 2018 International Building Code (IBC)—the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC)—versus the prior generation of codes represented by 1990-era design and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements. The project team found a national benefit of $11 for every $1 invested."
"Miami Beach is exploring a way to help residents cover the cost of floodproofing their properties from heavy rains and high tides made even higher by sea level rise — at least a little. The city is considering offering residents matching grants of up to $20,000 for projects like installing flood panels, swapping out a driveway for permeable pavement or planting absorbent landscaping — all simple ways to cut down on flooding.
Other cities and states offer help for residents trying to adapt to climate change in the form of loans or federal cash, but Miami Beach’s proposal would stand alone in offering city money to homeowners as a grant."
FAIRFIELD MITIGATION PLAN
" The RTM voted Monday to adopt the 2019 multi-jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan, renewing the town’s eligibility for FEMA natural disaster grants. The Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is designed every five years by the Connecticut Metropolitan Council of Governments (MetroCOG), the regional planning agency responsible for the greater Bridgeport area of Fairfield, Bridgeport, Easton, Monroe, Stratford and Trumbull."
TYBEE ISLAND RECEIVES GRANT
"The grant will fund the elevation of 12 residential properties that lie in a Special Flood Hazard Area and have been substantially damaged in the past. Per the City’s Floodplain Ordinance, each structure will be elevated two feet above the base flood elevation. The total cost of raising the homes will be $1,548,318. The federal grant will cover 75% of the cost, at $1,161,238.50. Ten percent of the cost will be covered by the state."