Meetings and Other Outreach Activities: FEMA Risk MAP Floodplain Remapping Project for Loudoun County
Meetings and Other Outreach Activities
Several information meetings have been held to introduce and explain some of the Risk MAP project activities, the various products that are produced, and the draft updated Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). In addition, the county’s website provides progress updates about the project, links to many of the meeting presentations, and supporting information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
- Discovery: The initial project meeting, called “Discovery”, was held at the start of the project to introduce the Risk MAP process and identify specific local information and issues. FEMA staff made a presentation which is available here.
- Flood Risk Review: Three Flood Risk Review meetings were held that focused on the general approach used to develop the Preliminary FIRM. Also presented were the types of flood risk products that would be provided and how county and town governments could use this information to identify potential actions, mitigation activities, and mitigation planning.
These meetings were held for policy and technical staff of: several departments of Loudoun County Government; the Towns of Hamilton, Hillsboro, Lovettsville, Middleburg, Purcellville, and Round Hill; and the Town of Leesburg. The presentation made to the Loudoun County departments, which was similar to the presentations at the other meetings, is available to view here.
- Community Coordination and Outreach (CCO): A Community Coordination and Outreach meeting was held on July 11, 2014 for officials of the towns and Loudoun County government, along with their various technical, administrative, and planning staff. Staff from FEMA and Michael Baker International (the mapping project consultant) presented a summary of the project work, the preliminary mapping results, and explained the remaining project tasks and schedule. The local government officials were informed of the responsibilities of each of the communities to review the preliminary map, reach out to the citizens affected by the changes on the Preliminary FIRM, and adopt or amend their floodplain ordinance to reflect the new map and meet the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program. The meeting presentation is available here.
- Open House: Approximately 300 Loudoun County property owners, whose land is located in or near a floodplain, attended the three open houses hosted by the county in September 2014 to learn more about the Flood Risk Mapping project and the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). The county sent post card notices to approximately 7,500 property owners, whose property (land) was identified as in or near FEMA’s Special Flood Hazard Area (generally equivalent to Loudoun County’s Floodplain Overlay District Major Floodplain), to notify them of the meeting schedule. The open houses were held on September 8, 2014 near Leesburg, September 19 in Sterling, and September 24 near Purcellville. Experts were available at the meetings to help residents locate their property on the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (usually with the online mapping program) and to explain their flood risk and the National Flood Insurance Program.
- Resilience: In addition to regulatory products such as the Flood Insurance Rate Map, the Risk MAP project approachincludes non-regulatory products and information for community officials and citizens on how to make their community and property more resilient to flood risk. As seen in the photo at right, Loudoun County held a "Resilience Meeting" November 15, 2016, for local officials and various technical experts to learn more about flood risks and and how their communities can be made more resilient to flooding. Notes from the meeting are online here.
Click on the links or images below to view, print or download the FEMA documents: