RISK MAP PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and North Dakota have begun the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program in 32 counties and two tribal nations across the eastern side of the State. The intent of the Risk MAP Program is to partner with Federal, State, local, and tribal stakeholders to identify flood hazards and develop possible approaches to reduce these flood risks. The local community is key in understanding those risks and identifying mitigation actions that can be implemented and maintained.
WHAT IS A DISCOVERY MEETING?
The Discovery Meeting continues the dialogue between the community, the State, and FEMA. The initial Kickoff Meeting was our opportunity to introduce ourselves and our partners in this program to your community, review the Risk MAP process and explain your community’s options; the Discovery Meeting will be the first opportunity to come together to review the initial findings of the study and to provide feedback based on local knowledge of your communities. Our goals with the Discovery Meeting are to gather information, determine how communities are examining their flood hazard risk and to identify how State and Federal support can assist in reducing risk.
WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
During the Discovery Meetings, we will review your community’s initial risk assessment results. You know your community better than anyone. That is why we look to you for input on where we need to focus our efforts as we work together through assessing risk and helping your community plan mitigation activities to build a stronger, safer and more resilient community. The Risk MAP efforts can take between 3-7 years, so your participation throughout this process is cruicial to ensure that we have the most accurate information guiding the final products. WHAT DO WE NEED FROM EACH COMMUNITY? To better understand your community’s risk and opportunities, we will be looking for specific information during the Discovery Meeting, including: • Marked up maps provided at the kick off meetings held in August 2017 • Specific wants and needs from the community for upgrades to new or existing mapping efforts • Existing infrastructure as-builts or existing topographic information newer than 2012 • Identified areas of future development, flood prone areas, mitigation projects and future needs • Jurisdictional boundry shape files or other GIS data
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Below is a list of individuals that are encouraged to participate in the Risk MAP efforts. This list in not all-inclusive, but instead known key members that are encouraged to attend the meeting. Other key decision makers not listed are encouraged to participate. • Floodplain manager • Emergency/ • City engineer Planning and zoning • Highway supervisors • Members of watershed collation/ conservation district • Members of drainage boards • Township supervisors