Flood Hazard Mitigation

 

Humarock Beach/Dune Nourishment & Road Elevation Informational Meeting

An informational meeting was held on March 28th, to present the initial engineering analysis of potential beach/dune nourishment and roadway elevation alternatives. John Ramsey, Principle Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research and Engineering presented the analysis and alternatives for north Central Avenue from 10 Cliff Road to 130 Central Avenue. Below is a link to the video and PowerPoint Presentation of the meeting. For more information please email ndurfee@scituatema.gov.

Presentation Video produced by Scituate Cable TV click on linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5535MmvRzmQ

Powerpoint Presentation click on link: http://www.scituatema.gov/sites/scituatema/files/uploads/humarockpublicpresentation_20170328.pdf

 

A Disaster Preparedness Public Service Announcement

Scituate High School Community Service Learning

http://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwAAhkGQ3Q5sdDljUm13NE5hYmc/view?ts=588652f2

The Scituate High School Community Service Learning course, allowed select students the ability to engage in a community project-based learning model. The course had students identify problems in the community - then design and implement service projects to meet real community needs.  This semester, Scituate High School students: Maggie Jordan, Richard Grant, Jim Grozier and Jack Story, under the direction of Heather Willinger created a public service announcement to help residents prepare for natural disasters.

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Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection

 

The Scituate Board of Selectmen at its October 18, 2016 meeting officially accepted the Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection Report. This report was prepared by Applied Coastal Research and Engineering, Inc., in conjunction with the Town of Scituate and the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management.

This report will be used as a guideline for the town and the Board of Selectmen to assist with our coastal adaptation strategy. Scituate faces ongoing threats to our public and private infrastructure as a result of sea level rise, climate change and coastal erosion. The report will be referenced and used as a guideline to assist in the periodization of projects and attendant financial planning in our most critical areas along the coastline. The assessment is the culmination of engineering analytics, historic coastal data and public input from Scituate residents and town staff.

The Board of Selectmen is grateful to our town staff who worked diligently during the grant application process to the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management resulting in the awarding of $240,000.00 which fully paid for the engineering services from Applied Coastal Research and provided valuable input to the consultant during the course of the study.

Scituate continues to be a leader in coastal resiliency and its with great pleasure that we release the final document to the public for review.

BOARD OF SELECTMEN

The final Coastal Erosion, Sediment Transport, and Prioritization Management Strategy Assessment for Shoreline Protection Report is available at the Scituate Public Library, a link is provided below as well as on the left side of the Flood Hazard Mitigation website. Due to the size of the final document it has been divided into two section the main report and the appendix.

 

http://www.scituatema.gov/flood-hazard-mitigation/files/coastal-erosion-assessment-main-report

 

http://www.scituatema.gov/flood-hazard-mitigation/files/coastal-erosion-assessment-appendix

 

Assessment of Coastal Erosion

 

A presentation on the assessment of coastal erosion, flooding, storm damage patterns and recommendations regarding shore protection alternatives for each section of the Scituate coast was presented on June 16, 2016 at the Scituate High School Cafeteria. John Ramsey Principle Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research presented different shore protection options to achieve the long term coastal sustainability goals of the Town. A range of shore protections options was presented for each study area including cost, benefits, disadvantages and challenges. The presentation has been made available on the Town website on the left handside of this website and the video is below, Phase II, Assessment of Coastal Erosion June 16.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFtEk3Q9qLw

 

A progress summary of the town-wide prioritization assessment of coastal erosion study for shore protection needs was presented on April 28th at the Scituate High School.  John Ramsey, Principle Coastal Engineer, from Applied Coastal Research and Engineering presented the historical shoreline infrastructure damages, findings of the coastal processes analyses, and the development of the prioritization criteria for Scituate’s coastline. A copy of the presentation is provided on the left hand side of this website. Below is a link to the presentation taped by Scituate Cable TV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6R5uErC-cDY

 

For more information please email ndurfee@scituatema.gov

 

 

KNOW YOUR HURRICANE EVACUATION ZONE

If you live, work or plan to vacation in one of Massachusetts’s coastal communities or near a river or other waterway that is connected to the ocean, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) encourages you to "Know Your Zone" by learning whether your home, business or vacation destination is in a pre-designated Hurricane Evacuation Zone.  People who reside, work or vacation in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone may be asked or ordered to evacuate prior to a hurricane or tropical storm making landfall.

Go to the “Know Your Zone” interactive map located on MEMA’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/hurricane-evacuation-zones.html to find out if you live, work or will be vacationing in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone.

“Evacuations in advance of a hurricane or tropical storm making landfall may be necessary due to the danger and threat of storm surge,” states MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz. “Storm surge is an abnormal rise of water generated by a storm, over and above the predicted astronomical tide. Storm surge is often the greatest threat to life and property from a hurricane or tropical storm.”

The destructive power of storm surge and large battering waves can result in loss of life, destroyed buildings, beach and dune erosion, and road and bridge damage along the coast. Tropical storms, all categories of hurricanes, and post-tropical cyclones can cause life-threatening and destructive storm surge along the coast and well inland. Learn more about storm surge at: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/.

Most coastal communities have two evacuation zones: Evacuation Zone A, which includes areas that are most at risk of flooding, and will flood first during tropical storms and less powerful hurricanes; and Evacuation Zone B, which includes areas that are at risk of flooding during more powerful storms. The cities of Boston and Cambridge also have designated a third zone: Evacuation Zone C, which may be used depending on the track and intensity of the storm.

If you live, work or vacation in an evacuation zone, you should listen closely to local and state officials and weather forecasts before and during a hurricane or tropical storm for evacuation information. If evacuations are necessary, local and state officials may use the evacuation zones (Zone A, B or C) to identify areas to be evacuated. 

If local or state officials call for an evacuation of your zone, you should follow their directions and evacuate to a safe area.  If you live, vacation or work in an evacuation zone, you should plan for, and be prepared to evacuate before a hurricane or tropical storm makes landfall. Guidelines on how to safely evacuation can be found at  http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/be-prepared/evacuation/.

The first step to preparing yourself, family, home and business is to learn more about the hazards associated with hurricanes and tropical storms, including storm surge, heavy rain, coastal erosion, inland flooding, and widespread power outages. For detailed information on these hazards, visit the Hurricane Safety Tips section of MEMA’s website, located at http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/emergencies/hurricanes/. To be safe, you should be prepared for hurricane impacts one category higher than the storm being forecast, and remember to include your evacuation plan in your overall family emergency plan.

MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA's staff of professional planners, communications specialists and operations and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - individuals, families, non-profits and businesses - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, ensuring effective response, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover. For additional information about MEMA and Hurricane Preparedness, go to www.mass.gov/mema.

Continue to follow MEMA updates on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA.

Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

 

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New Information to Coastal Mapping, Insurance, Flood Insurance Rate Maps and the Communsity Rating System

 

New England Coastal Mapping          

http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1403804997209-37209448a13847ede580ffdfd972d91a/New+England+Coastal+Fact+Sheet-6-26-14.pdf

 

*Benefits of Flood Insurance vs Disaster Assistance

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1643-20490-9801/f_217_benefits_30nov2012_web.pdf

 

Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Participating Communities

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1903-25045-4604/p_495.pdf

 

Community Rating System

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/9998

 

HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE   

Hazard mitigation is “any action taken to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from natural hazards”. A revised draft based on comments recieved at the recent public meeting is available at: http://www.scituatema.gov/flood-hazard-mitigation/files/new-town-of-scituate-draft-hazard-mitigation-plan-march-14-2016

The final Hazard Mitigation Plan Update, 2016 was recently approved by FEMA and will be provided to the Selectmen on July 19, 2016 in order to be adopted and finalized by FEMA. If you have any questions please contact Nancy Durfee, Coastal Resource Officer at ndurfee@scituatema.gov.

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FOLLOW MEMA AND GET IMPORTANT EMEREGENCY INFORMATION

TWITTER - www.twitter.com/MassEMA

FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA

YouTube - www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA

MEMA WEBSITE – www.mass.gov/mema

READY MASSACHUSETTS – www.mass.gov/mema/ready

And do not forget to download Massachusetts Alerts app – www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

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Elevation Grants

The Town’s elevation grant program is provided through funds Congress appropriates to FEMA’s (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Flood Mitigation Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs.  Federal regulations require that application must be made through the Town of Scituate.  The program is usually funded annually, but occasionally there are years when no funding is appropriated. The timing and availability of future grant rounds is determined when new funding is approved.  In past years, this has been in the summer but can also be in the fall.  The decision on the grants is made by FEMA, and is often not made until at the earliest, the following spring. If you are interested in the program, please contact Nancy Durfee, Coastal Resource Officer at ndurfee@scituatema.gov in order to be added to the notification list when funds do become available.

Flood Hazard Assistance Program

Eligible Properties

Properties included in a subapplication for FMA funding must be NFIP-insured at the time of the application submittal. Flood insurance must be maintained through completion of the mitigation activity and for the life of the structure.Residential or non-residential properties currently insured with the NFIP are eligible to receive FMA funds. In order to receive an increased Federal cost share, properties must meet one of the definitions below (consistent with the legislative changes made within Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012).

  1. A severe repetitive loss property is a structure that:

    1. Is covered under a contract for flood insurance made available under the NFIP; and

    2. Has incurred flood related damage-

      1. For which 4 or more separate claims payments have been made under flood insurance coverage with the amount of each such claim exceeding $5,000, and with the cumulative amount of such claims payments exceeding the market value of the insured structure.

      2. For which at least 2 separate claims payments have been made under such coverage, with the cumulative amount of such claims exceeding the market value of the insured structure.

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FLOOD INFORMATION

OPEN HOUSE

On September 29, 2015 the CRS Committee held their Annual Flood Information Open House meeting. It was an opportunity learn more about Flood Safety, Permit Requirements, Storm Damage Repair, Coastal Building Codes,  Property Protection, Floodplains, Beach and Dune Function, Hazard Mitigation Plan, Mitigation Grants. Below is the link to the presentation. Thank you to Scituate Community Television for taping the meeting!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8aVREkLjDk

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

http://www.fema.gov/

http://www.dhs.gov/keywords/fema

http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/

http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/czm/

http://floodsmart.org/

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/ma/nwis/rt

 

Check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) website for active weather alerts: http://www.weather.gov/

Massachusetts Alerts - Download Massachusetts Alerts: A free public safety alerting app. Massachusetts Alerts provides emergency notifications based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the references you select. Users receive real-time information. http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/massachusetts-alerts.html

Receive Emergency Alerts and Critical Information on Your Smartphone - - join the tens of thousands of residents of Massachusetts who already receive emergency alerts and critical information about disasters and public safety incidents on their Smartphones.

The Emergency Communication System, CodeRED has created a Mobile Alert app that provides advanced, real-time, location-specific alerts to subscribers within the reach of a given location generated by public safety officials across the United States and Canada who use the CodeRED community notification system to effectively alert and inform residents to save lives. https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFB7CC4C6C0A

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Coastal Processes: Erosion, Storm Damage & Protection Options Presentation

If you missed the Coastal Processes: Erosion, Storm Damage & Protection Options on June 16th - Scituate Community Television filmed the presentation. A huge thanks to them for the SCT for all the work they do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LArLFO8NAQ&feature=youtu.be

 

Check the National Oceanic and Atmosphereic Administration (NOAA) website for active weather alerts: http://www.weather.gov/

Massachusetts Alerts - Download Massachusetts Alerts: A free public safety alerting app. Massachusetts Alerts provides emergency notifications based on your location, proximity to an event or incident, and the references you select.Users receive real-time information. http://www.mass.gov/eopss/agencies/mema/massachusetts-alerts.html

Receive Emergency Alerts and Critical Information on Your Smartphone - - join the tens of thousands of residents of Massachusetts who already receive emergency alerts and critical information about disasters and public safety incidents on their Smartphones.

The Emergency Communiciation System, CodeRED has created a Mobile Alert app that provides advanced, real-time, location-specific alerts to subscribers within the reach of a given location generated by public safety officials across the United States and Canada who use the CodeRED community notification system to effectively alert and inform residents to save lives. https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/BFB7CC4C6C0A