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Region IX to Conduct First Flood Risk Review Meeting for CCAMP
Lisa Messano, CCAMP Outreach Coordinator, BakerAECOM
FEMA Region IX will conduct its first Flood Risk Review meeting for the California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) / San Francisco Bay Area Coastal Study in early 2013.  The primary goal of the Flood Risk Review meeting will be to relay up-to-date flood risk data to community officials responsible for land use decisions and to collect feedback from local officials. The purpose of this meeting is to formally present to local officials the results of FEMA’s flood hazard study of the San Francisco Bay.  The Flood Risk Review meeting is one of four outreach meetings delineated by FEMA’s Operating Guidance 04-11, Risk MAP Meetings Guidance. 
 
The FRR meeting is technical in focus, providing community officials with the opportunity to review a draft work map that shows the updated boundaries of the high and moderate risk flood zones, as determined from the results of the coastal flood hazard engineering analyses. During the meeting, community and elected officials, planners, GIS staff, engineers, and emergency services staff will receive an overview of the study process elements, data sources, models and methodology.  The study team will present the study-specific data, describe the study process, and explain the study results. The study team will also participate in programmatic discussions, respond to questions, and identify outreach opportunities in collaboration with attendees.    Since the first FRR meeting for the BAC study is taking place in Marin County, FEMA’s Ross Valley/Mill Valley Flood Study and Physical Map Revision will also be addressed.
 
Following the FRR meeting, the draft work map will be made available online for a fixed period of time. Community officials will be able to post comments in a password protected environment for the study team to review using the Flood Risk Review Tool, an innovative environment developed specifically for Region IX’s California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project studies.
 
Because of the importance of coastal flood risk, FEMA has initiated Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) projects for 100% of the populated U.S. coastline.  The primary goal of the Flood Risk Review meeting is to relay up-to-date flood risk data to community officials responsible for land use decisions and collect feedback.  Understanding current flood risk empowers communities to make informed decisions about how to address the risk, prioritize mitigation actions and plans accordingly.  Working with community officials in this collaborative process is vital in increasing public awareness, understanding, and ownership of flood risk. 
 
Flood Risk Review meetings will be scheduled with the remaining 8 counties being studied as part of the San Francisco Bay Area Coastal Study following the Marin County meeting.  Flood Risk Review meetings will be scheduled for the 10 counties that are part of the Open Pacific Coast (OPC) study as the OPC study results become available.  Outreach meetings to inform residents of coastal communities about proposed FIRM changes will be held later in the study process prior to the opening of the public comment period for the new maps.  For additional information about coastal mapping projects in your county, links to county-specific pages are available from the BAC and OPC pages.
 

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