Building community resilience to coastal hazards is a top priority for OCRM. In addition to disaster resilience, stakeholder communities are becoming more aware of chronic hazards that are exacerbated by relative sea level rise, such as nuisance flooding and coastal erosion. Through the Local Comprehensive Beach Management Plan (LCBMP) process, DHEC works with coastal counties and municipalities to develop and update plans that address a range of beachfront management issues, including the mitigation of coastal erosion and flood hazards that impact public infrastructure and private property.
In recent years, coastal communities have expressed a significant interest in the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) Community Ratings System (CRS). The CRS Program is a voluntary program that rewards communities that take a proactive approach to flood mitigation beyond minimum standards. Communities may garner points through a graduated scoring system that recognizes efforts to reduce flood damage to insurable property and encourage a comprehensive approach to floodplain management. Point accrual results in a reduction of flood insurance premiums among policy holders.
In response to these community needs, OCRM is now working to align the LCBMP process with elements of the NFIP's CRS program. By establishing the Coastal South Carolina CRS Users Group, OCRM is providing a forum for coastal communities to share lessons learned, identify best practices and gain efficiencies in planning processes that result in hazard mitigation and realized cost savings.
Coastal South Carolina CRS User Group Meetings
Coastal South Carolina CRS User Group meetings are generally directed toward beachfront community administrators, planning staff and floodplain managers who are involved in the LCBMP planning effort. However, we welcome participation among all coastal communities in addition to private and academic sectors interested in learning about the NFIP, CRS, and floodplain management.Activity 420, Open Space Preservation (OSP) Meeting 2: August 16, 2017
Kick Off: February 22, 2017