What needs to be disclosed? What should you know about flood risk and flood insurance?
Members of the public are invited to review preliminary flood maps showing updated flood hazard data for Hanapepe, Moloaa, and Waimea. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Kauai County. Preliminary map panels identify current flood hazards and provide accurate information to help residents and businesses take actions... Continue Reading →
Hawaii just experienced some wacky weather! Depending on where you live, some parts of the islands dealt with fast moving thunderstorms with heavy rain (and even hail!) along with trees uprooting and branch limbs snapping from the severe winds. Fortunately some dodged the bullet as the system moved through pretty quickly, but did manage to... Continue Reading →
Diego A. Sanchez Gomez is a staff planner currently working in the Zoning Administration and Enforcement Division (ZAED) for the County of Maui. Diego graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Physics and Master of Science (MS) in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He was born and raised in... Continue Reading →
The Association of Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) announced to its members today that "The president signed a Continuing Resolution Sept. 27, just days before the Sept. 30 deadline. This extension will continue to fund all federal departments and agencies at Fiscal Year 2019 levels through Nov. 21. Without that extension, the federal government would have shut... Continue Reading →
Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, are hazard maps published by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to support the National Flood Insurance Program. They show zones of high flood hazard (for example, Zones AE, AO and VE as seen below for Waikiki) as well as medium, low and unknown flood hazard areas. Flood Insurance... Continue Reading →
NOAA’s Central Pacific Hurricane Center announced on May 22nd that there is a 70% chance of above-normal tropical cyclone activity this hurricane season for the central Pacific. In just about a week, on June 1st Hawaii’s Hurricane Season will begin and run through November 30th. If you haven’t already prepared, now is the time. Don't... Continue Reading →
We apologize for the inconvenience. Our Flood Hazard Assessment Tool (FHAT) is currently experiencing technical difficulties. We anticipate that it should be back in operation by tomorrow, Wednesday March 20th. In the interim, if you need to access the FIRM maps, you can access the maps through FEMA’s Map Service Center at msc.fema.gov Additionally, our... Continue Reading →