STATE CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION COMMISSION ENDORSES TOOLS FOR SEA LEVEL RISE PLANNING

At its October meeting, the Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) endorsed two recently completed documents that operationalize the recommendations of the state’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (2017). These guidance documents, produced in support of the Commission’s Climate Ready Hawaiʻi Initiative, help state and county planners and government officials... Continue Reading →

New Topographic Data for Hawaii

Data on ground elevations are the most important input for flood maps and this hazard mapping is the foundation for floodplain management and flood insurance rating.  Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.  The United States Geological Survey's (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) announced... Continue Reading →

Flood After Fire

Wildfires leave the ground unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flooding. Burned vegetation and charred soil form a water-repellent layer blocking water absorption for years.

FEMA Urges Hawaii Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

“Where it can rain, it can flood,” says David Maurstad, senior executive of the NFIP. “One of the most important steps homeowners can take during the start of this year’s hurricane season is to renew or purchase flood insurance. With it, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your home can, and will, recover in the event of an unexpected flood.”

A Message to Insurance Agents

June 1, 2020 marks the official start of hurricane season in the Central Pacific.  Flooding can happen to anyone.  Now would be a good time to send a message to your clients on the importance of purchasing flood insurance to help protect their home and belongings.   As an agent, a question to ask your clients... Continue Reading →

While We’re Out – NFIP and Floodplain Management Contacts and Resources

The Department of Land & Natural Resources NFIP/Floodplain Management office is currently teleworking in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Per Hawaii Governor Ige's press release, the office is expected to telework until April 30, or further notice. Flood Mapping and Technical Assistance Call: FEMA Map Information eXchange at 1-877-336-2627 (Weekdays, 8:00 a.m -... Continue Reading →

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