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Mitigation Planning Series: Open Pacific Coast and Bay Area Coastal Study Activities Address HMP Stakeholder/Public Involvement and Hazard Profile Requirements
Wynne Kwan, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Planner
The inaugural installment of the Mitigation Planning Series began with a definition of hazard mitigation and a summary of how HMPs fit into FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) life cycle.  This installment will discuss how your community’s outreach and communication efforts associated with the Open Pacific Coast (OPC) and Bay Area Coastal (BAC) Studies can assist with stakeholder and public involvement HMP requirements. Additionally, this installment will address how the newly-developed Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) resulting from the CCAMP OPC and BAC Studies meet Coastal Flood Hazard Profile requirements in an HMP. 
OPC and BAC Public Meetings and HMP Stakeholder/Public Involvement Requirements
Stakeholder and public involvement during the hazard mitigation planning process is key to getting community  support and is a required element for HMP approval.  HMPs must document all the stakeholders involved, as well as how the public was given the opportunity to be involved in the planning process and how their feedback was incorporated into the plan.  For communities, it is important to maintain supporting documentation of stakeholder and public involvement activities for inclusion in the HMP and follow-on updates.  Communities are required to update their HMPs every five years in the state of California.
Throughout the OPC and BAC Study process, the study teams are implementing a consistent outreach strategy, which includes formal Risk MAP meetings; communication tools, templates, and messaging; and roles and responsibilities related to specific actions when coordinating with communities during the development of Community Outreach Plans.  With respect to hazard mitigation planning, three of the four Risk MAP outreach meetings (as delineated in FEMA’s Operating Guidance No. 04-11: Risk MAP Meetings Guidance) will be useful in meeting stakeholder and public involvement requirements of the HMP.
  • The Flood Risk Review (FRR) Meeting, during the Data Development and Sharing Phase, provides 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.  
  • The Resilience Meeting, during the Risk Awareness and Mitigation Outreach Phase, provides a forum for communities to understand their flood risk and the comprehensive view of mitigation planning and available mitigation options, as well as to share success stories and potential mitigation actions that communities can identify for implementation. 
  • The Community Coordination Officer (CCO) (or Preliminary FIRM) Meeting and Flood Map Open House are conducted during the Preliminary Map Release and Mitigation Planning phase and are held after the release of the new preliminary FIRMs.  These are two distinct meetings: the CCO Meeting presents the preliminary FIRM panels and data to identified stakeholders, including community officials, before presenting the information to the public.  The Open House is a separate meeting that provides an opportunity for community officials and other stakeholders, with FEMA’s technical support, to relay Special Flood Hazard Area changes and helpful information to the public.

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