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Risk Data and Mitigation Workshop dates for Michigan Counties

FEMA has completed coastal flood hazard analysis and mapping in 7 Michigan counties along Lake Michigan and prepared draft workmaps depicting results of the study. We would like to invite you to attend the Risk Data and Mitigation Workshop for your county. The objectives for this meeting are to allow local review of work maps that show the results of the mapping project efforts to-date, as well as provide information about how your community can use this information to elevate risk awareness and stimulate mitigation actions. Each meeting will be 2 to 3hours in length, dedicated to accomplishing the following goals:

  • Share study methodology and engineering results;
  • Discuss the analytical methods and data utilized to assess and map flood hazards associated with Lake Michigan coastal flooding;
  • Provide relevant background to community officials on GLFHM coastal analysis and mapping, so that they can effectively support next steps of the mapping process in their community
  • Engage State and local officials and technical experts in determining the best approach in producing updated flood maps that accurately and precisely reflect flood risk; and
  • Provide the basis for future dialogue between FEMA, state and local communities regarding inputs for study execution, public review of data and results, and opportunities for enhancing community planning processes.

Because local involvement is critical to this process, we are reaching out to local community officials and other stakeholders to provide an opportunity to review and discuss the results of the coastal flood hazard analysis and mapping performed for your county. FEMA is also committed to an open, collaborative process, and your community’s participation in next steps of the project. We have provided information below on the date, time, and location of the meetings. Feel free to forward this information to others who you feel are appropriate to attend these meetings:

Berrien and Van Buren
September 23, 2014
9 am – 12 pm
St. Joseph City Hall
700 Broad Street
St Joseph, MI 49085

Muskegon and Ottawa
September 24, 2014
9 am to 12 pm
Muskegon Central Fire Station,
Community Room, 770 Terrace Street,
Muskegon, Michigan 49440

Mason and Oceana
September 24, 2014
3pm to 6 pm
Mason County Airport Conference Room
5300 W. US-10
Ludington, MI 49431

Manistee County
September 25, 2014
9 AM – 12 PM
Manistee County Sheriff’s Office
1525 E. Parkdale Avenue
Manistee, MI 49660