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Community Flood Information Library

Creating a Flood Information Library

To ensure public safety, minimize property damage and assist recovery efforts related to flooding, it is important that communities close to flood-prone rivers and coasts make information about floods and flood insurance available to their citizens.

One of the easiest ways to share this knowledge is to create a flood reference section at the local library. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides hard copies of many of their documents to community libraries free of charge. Information on preparing for floods, flood insurance and flood recovery also can be found by following the links below.

Not only is this information invaluable for public safety, but making these materials available at the public library can help communities earn credit and reduce the cost of flood insurance under FEMA's Community Rating System.

FEMA requires a group of nine publications to be available at the local library for a community to receive credit under the Flood Protection Library (LIB) element. FEMA also provides credit for making information specifically related to floods and flood plains in the local area available to the public. These are credited under the Locally Pertinent Documents (LPD) element.

Listed below are the required FEMA materials, followed by a list of Locally Pertinent Documents with examples for coastal Georgia. These materials have been provided by public libraries in the City of St. Marys and Camden County and are located within their flood information sections. 

FEMA Required Materials:

  1. Community Rating System Coordinator's Manual
  2. Above the Flood: Elevating Your Flood Prone House, FEMA-347 (2000)
  3. Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084 (2011)
  4. Coastal Construction Manual, FEMA-P-55, (2011)
  5. Elevated Residential Structures, FEMA-54 (1984)
  6. Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards, FEMA P-85 (2009)
  7. Mitigation of Flood and Erosion Damage to Residential Buildings in Coastal Areas, FEMA-257 (1994)
  8. Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage, FEMA-P-348 (1999)
  9. Protecting Floodplain Resources, FEMA-268 (1996)
  10. Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding, FEMA 511 (2005)

Locally Pertinent Documents:

  1. Community Handbook on Floodplain Managment
  2. Georgia Floodplain Management
  3. Community Floodplain Management Ordinance
  4. Environmental Organization's Guide to Habitat
  5. Community FIRM
  6. Army Corps of Engineers Reconnaissance Report
  7. Community Flood Insurance Study
  8. County's Floodplain Management or Hazard MitigationPlan
  9. Local Resoure Management Plans Related to Floodplains