Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition

The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalitionwas established in April 2018 to increase awareness about flood risk in our community and adopt measures to protect our property and future prosperity from natural disasters in Lackawanna County.

Mission Statement: The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition is a network of individuals united by a shared commitment to encourage Lackawanna County residents to understand their flood risk, adopt a proactive approach to address and mitigate against future natural disasters, and increase the county’s long-term resilience.

 

Flood Risk in Lackawanna County

Flooding can happen anywhere, at any time and it can happen fast. In Lackawanna County, hundreds of residents live in a high flood risk area. It is important for all residents to understand what they can do to reduce their flood risk.

 

Why was the Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition established?

FEMA has been working with Lackawanna County for several years to accurately show flood risk on new flood maps. Before these maps become effective, we want people to be prepared. The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition was established to encourage community awareness and preparedness through proactive outreach and communication before the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) become effective. The aim is for Coalition members to share information with the community via media outlets, organization newsletters, local community meetings and events, social media and more to spread awareness about flood risk in Lackawanna County and ways that homeowners can reduce their risk.

 

Timeline: Update for Lackawanna Flood Insurance Rate Maps

July 2011: Released Preliminary FIRMs
September 2011: Held outreach meeting with Lackawanna County communities
August 2017: Released revisions to the Preliminary FIRMs
November 2017: Held outreach meeting with Lackawanna County communities
April 2018: Established Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition

The preliminary FIRMs, which were released in 2011 and revised in August 2017, are the first digital FIRMs for Lackawanna County. Not only will these maps be easier to access, but they will have important new information about flood risk and how much protection levees provide to communities. These maps are a valuable resource for homeowners to assess their flood risk.

 

What can I do?

Here are three key steps you can take to reduce your risk from flooding:Know Your Risk, Insure Your Property, Protecting Your Family and Property

 

Know Your Risk

Anywhere it can rain, it can flood, but some properties have a higher risk of flooding. Flood risk changes over time due to the weather and land development. FEMA is currently updating our floodmaps to include the latest data and better show risk.

Flood Map Changes

Zoom-in to see the upcoming changes to the flood maps.

Red = places where flood risk has increased

Blue = places where risk has stayed the same

Yellow = places where flood risk has decreased

Light orange = an area behind a levee

If your property is in the red or blue areas, it is prone to flooding. This is called the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and is the zone where flood insurance is required.

Timeline: Update for Lackawanna Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)

 

July 2011:                       Released Preliminary FIRMs

September 2011:              Held outreach meeting with Lackawanna County communities

August 2017:                   Released revisions to the Preliminary FIRMs

November 2017:               Held outreach meeting with Lackawanna County communities

April 2018:                      Established Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition

2020 (estimated)              New flood maps become effective

 

The preliminary FIRMs, which were released in 2011 and revised in August 2017, are the first digital FIRMs for Lackawanna County. Not only will these maps be easier to access, but they will have important new information about flood risk and how much protection levees provide to communities. These maps are a valuable resource for homeowners to assess their flood risk.

 

For more information about floodplain mapping or to vew the current effective map visit the FEMA Map Service Center.

  • Lackawanna County Dashboards
    • Dashboards provide an overview of the history of flood risk in your community and actions you can take to reduce your risk. These user-friendly community snapshots provide residents and local officials with the most pertinent, digestible information on their community’s flood risk and history of flooding. Find the Lackawanna County dashboard at the link above.
    • Please contact Leah Corry, leah.corry@ogilvy.com, for information on your specific community.
  • Risk MAP Resources: https://www.fema.gov/risk-map-region-iii-resources

 

Why was the Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition established?

Before these maps become effective, we want people to be prepared. The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition was established to encourage community awareness and preparedness through proactive outreach and communication. The aim is for Coalition members to share information with the community via media outlets, organization newsletters, local community meetings and events, social media and more to spread awareness about flood risk in Lackawanna County and ways that homeowners can reduce their risk.

 

What can I do?

Here are two key steps you can take to reduce your risk from flooding: Purchase Insurance and Reduce your Risk.

 

Insure Your Property

No home is completely safe from flooding. Flood insurance can be the difference between recovering and being financially devastated.

Did you know?

  • Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage.
  • You are eligible for lower premiums on your flood insurance when you are outside the SFHA.
  • More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside of the SFHA.
  • Just 1 inch of water in a home can cause $25,000 dollars in damage.

 

For more information on available flood insurance coverage options, visit:

 

Protecting Your Family and Property

Mitigation steps are actions you can take to reduce your property’s vulnerability in disasters. Mitigation reduces a property’s risk and allows residents to return home more quickly and sustain less damage after an event.

Fact: For every $1 spent on mitigation, $6 is saved from future losses. (National Institute of Building Sciences)

For more information on flood mitigation options to reduce damage to your home and community, please visit:

 

About the Coalition

Mission Statement: The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition is a network of individuals united by a shared commitment to encourage Lackawanna County residents to understand their flood risk, adopt a proactive approach to address and mitigate against future natural disasters, and increase the county’s long-term resilience.

 

The Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition consists of more than 20 community members convened to help Lackawanna residents understand upcoming map changes and their risk from flooding. The individuals represent the following organizations:

 

In the Community

Press Release: “Lackawanna County Flood Risk Coalition Formed to Increase Flood Risk Awareness in Local Community”: https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2018/08/30/lackawanna-county-flood-risk-coalition-formed-increase-flood-risk-awareness

 

Want to join or learn more about upcoming events and opportunities? Contact Andrea Landau, andrea.landau@ogilvy.com, or submit your message below.


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