This page provides information concerning the following:
Overview of Project in State
As summarized on the Project Info page, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with State agencies, regional entities, and communities to update coastal flood hazard information and produce new digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in the Southeastern United States. In Alabama, the new coastal engineering analyses performed as part of the coastal flood risk study effort affect the following counties:
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Project Team Information
The project team for the coastal flood risk study effort in Alabama includes skilled professionals from the following organizations:
The project team for the Alabama coastal flood risk study effort is working closely with the project team for the flood risk study for the Northwest Florida Study Area (2009 Study) because the coastal engineering analyses cover the two counties in Alabama and six affected counties in northwest Florida. Please visit the Infoirmation for Northwest Florida Study Area (2009 Study) page for additional information.
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The fact sheets below are pertinent to the processing of the coastal flood risk study for Baldwin and Mobile Counties. Two fact sheets have been developed for each topic. One version is more technical and geared for engineers and floodplain managers. The other version is less technical and geared for a more general audience, including elected officials, homeowners, and business owners.
- Comparisons of FEMA Coastal Model Data with Data from Other Coastal Models and Tidal Gages: Information for Elected Officials, Homeowners, and Business Owners, August 2014 (PDF)
- Comparisons of FEMA Coastal Model Data with Data from Other Coastal Models and Tidal Gages: Information for Engineers and Floodplain Managers, August 2014 (PDF)
- Stillwater Elevations for Bays and Open Coasts in Baldwin and Mobile Counties: Information for Elected Officials, Homeowners, and Business Owners, August 2014 (PDF)
- Stillwater Elevations for Bays and Open Coasts in Baldwin and Mobile Counties: Information for Engineers and Floodplain Managers, August 2014 (PDF)
- Wave Setup on Mobile Bay, Mobile County, Alabama: Information for Elected Officials, Homeowners, and Business Owners, August 2014 (PDF)
- Wave Setup on Mobile Bay, Mobile County, Alabama: Information for Engineers and Floodplain Managers, August 2014 (PDF)
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Community Contact Information
As with other similar projects undertaken by FEMA and partners in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the primary community contacts are the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, and the Floodplain Administrator, or FPA.
The CEO is an elected official of a community (e.g., Mayor, Board of County Commissioners Chairman, County Commission President) who has the authority to implement and administer laws, ordinances, and regulations for that community.
The FPA is the community official who is responsible for implementing and enforcing floodplain management measures and for monitoring floodplain development. Floodplain management is the operation of a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness plans, flood-control works, and floodplain management regulations.
Project team members have compiled contact information for the CEOs and FPAs in Baldwin and Mobile Counties in a table accessible through the link below along with the addresses of the Community Map Repositories, the effective date of the current effective FIRMs, and statistical information on flood insurance policies. Additional information on the CEOs, FPAs, and other community officials generally is available on the individual community websites; links to the community websites, where available, also are included in the table below.
Community Information for Baldwin and Mobile Counties (PDF)
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Coastal Study Contact Information
Please visit the Coastal Study Contacts page for information on who to contact at FEMA and ADECA regarding the coastal flood risk study effort. For additional information, please visit the FEMA website or the ADECA website. The "Community Information" table mentioned above also is accessible through the Coastal Study Contacts page.
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Status and Location of Revised Flood Hazard Maps
To determine the status of the new digital FIRMs and the accompanying Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for the affected communities, or to view the Preliminary versions of the FIRMs and FIS reports, interested parties can:
- Visit the Status page on the ADECA website to obtain status information and view the digital versions of the FIRMs and FIS reports by selecting the County name from a dropdown list.
- Check with the county and community FPAs to determine whether a county or community is posting the FIRM and FIS report on its own website.
- Visit the Community Map Repository, or CMR, in the community of interest to view a paper copy of the FIRM and FIS report.
- The CMR is the local office in a participating community where the FIRM, FIS report, and related products (e.g., Letters of Map Change) are kept for local use and viewing by citizens.
- CMR addresses are provided on the Community Information for Baldwin and Mobile Counties table referenced above and on the Preliminary and current, effective versions of the FIRM Indexes for Baldwin and Mobile Counties.
- The Preliminary and current, effective versions of the FIRM Indexes may be viewed or downloaded through the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website.
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FEMA has designed stakeholder pages to identify resources that should be useful to certain interested parties. Links to the stakeholder pages appear on the left-hand side of each page of this Web Portal.
Through the Coastal Study Resources pages, visitors can access an array of useful publications and resources ((e.g., fact sheets, information sheets, flyers, brochures) developed by FEMA, State agencies, other Federal agencies, and professional associations and other stakeholder organizations. FEMA will update the inventory of resources that appears on these pages regularly, so please check back often for the latest materials.
Many of the FEMA resources also are accessible through the FEMA Resource and Document Library
. The FEMA Resource and Document Library
is a searchable, web-based collection of publicly accessible FEMA information resources, including but not limited to the following: CDs, DVDs, publications, brochures, guidance and policy papers, program regulations and guidelines, forms, disability resources, audio and video files, posters, and slide presentations. Users can locate, download, save, or print items from this library.