Invitation to Attend Public Meeting – Preliminary FIRM

Invitation to Attend Public Meetings for

North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program

Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for Dare County


The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP), in conjunction with staff from the Dare County Planning Department and Local Municipal Planning Departments, would like to invite you to attend one of three public meetings about the newly released flood hazard and flood risk data on the preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for the areas of Dare County.


All three meetings will be hosted by Dare County and the Incorporated communities.


The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

The second meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Dare County Board of Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall Collins Drive in Manteo, North Carolina.

The third meeting will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, in the Fessenden Center, 46830 NC 12 Highway in Buxton, North Carolina.


The meetings will be conducted as an open house where residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to view the preliminary flood hazard data and ask staff questions specific to the flood risk of their property. The meeting will include a brief presentation by NCFMP staff on the flood study update process, how the FIS can be used to reduce future losses due to flooding, and how the preliminary FIS relates to flood insurance and floodplain management.  After the presentation, representatives from Dare County’s communities and the NCFMP will continue to be available to answer detailed questions and hear concerns.  A demonstration may also be given of the North Carolina Flood Risk Information System (FRIS)  a tool allowing the public and local officials to view the new flood hazard data online.


In August 2000, the State of North Carolina established the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program (NCFMP), with a mandate to maintain the flood hazard data and FIS for all counties within the State of North Carolina.  In addition, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) entered into an important partnership by designating the State of North Carolina a Cooperating Technical State (CTS).  With this designation, North Carolina was given primary responsibility and ownership of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for all North Carolina communities by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).


The preliminary flood maps have been developed by the State of North Carolina in cooperation with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).     The current effective flood maps for all of Dare County were adopted in September 2006.

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