Building A Flood Smart Seacoast

The "Building A Flood Smart Seacoast" workshops, were developed in partnership with the NHDES Coastal Program, and were designed to provide a broad range of information about various aspects of the impacts of coastal flooding on properties and structures. The goal of the workshops was to inform property owners and town officials, and to help those affected property owners make better-informed decisions about how to make their property more flood-resilient. Please see below for presentations from the workshops, and links to additional relevant information.

The "Building a Flood Smart Seacoast" workshop details and schedule:

Workshop #1 - Intro to Coastal Flooding & Property-level Resilience Strategies:
Why does it flood? How do salt marshes and dunes help reduce flooding? Is your property at risk? What can you do to enhance your property's flooding resilience?
Date & Time: June 19, 2018, 6-8PM
Location: St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton, NH

Workshop #2 - Options for Protecting Existing Homes from Coastal Flooding:
Flood insurance: Required? A good choice? Premium reduction strategies & claim-filing tips. Elevation? Floodproofing? Which retrofitting method(s) might be right for your home?
Date & Time: July 17, 2018, 5:45-8PM
Location: St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton, NH

Workshop #3 - Smart Shoreline Management:
What are your goals for dealing with flooding when it occurs? What factors should you keep in mind? What should you do next to figure out if shoreline stabilization is right for you?
Date & Time: August 21, 2018, 5:45-8PM
Location: St. James Masonic Lodge, 77 Tide Mill Road, Hampton, NH

Scroll down for materials downloads and website links
related to topics discussed at these workshops.

THE PROTECTIVE ROLES SAND DUNES & SALT MARSH PLAY

Here is the slide presentation, used by Alyson Eberhardt in Workshop #1 to help explain how sand dunes and salt marshes help protect us from high tides and storm surges, as well as the other benefits they provide. Click HERE to view the slides.

UNDERSTANDING YOUR FLOOD RISK

Jennifer Gilbert, from the NH Office of Strategic Planning, and New Hampshire's State Coordinator for the National Flood Insurance Program, presented some very helpful information about flood insurance for all property owners. HERE are the slides from Jennifer's presentation.

  • FEMA Flood Map Service Center: Click HERE to search by address to determine if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Zone.
  • FEMA Map Services: Click HERE for a step-by-step guide to searching and printing maps on the FEMA Flood Map Service website.
  • NOAA Weather Services Hydrographs: These sites show high and low tide predictions, including predicted amounts of precipitation for 2-3 days ahead. Click HERE for Hampton. Click HERE for Portsmouth/Fort Point.
  • NOAA's High Tide Flooding Seasonal Bulletins and Annual Reports. Click HERE for these Annual Reports that provide a summary of events from the previous year, as well as regional predictions via the quarterly Seasonal Bulletins.

ELEVATION CERTIFICATES AND SURVEYS

  • Click HERE to learn who needs elevation certificates, and why they need them.

ELEVATING YOUR STRUCTURE

  • Click HERE for a FEMA document with considerations and guidelines.
  • Click HERE for FEMA information about break-away walls, which may be used under an elevated structure in certain conditions.

FLOOD READY & FLOOD PROTECTION

  • Click HERE to learn about what to have in a ready-to-go emergency kit if you and your family need to evacuate quickly.
  • Click HERE to sign up for local emergency notifications (text, email, or phone) through NH Alerts.
  • Click HERE for a FEMA document that explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details steps to take now so you can act quickly when an emergency hits.

DURING AND AFTER A FLOOD

  • Click HERE for tips on staying safe before, during and after a flood.
  • Click HERE for information about what you need to know about filing a flood insurance claim, tips on what you can do, and what you need to know before your flood insurance adjuster arrives, and other related visitors to expect at your property.
  • Click HERE for information about the dangers that may remain after floodwaters subside, and things to remember in the days after a flood.
  • Click HERE for tips on driving during natural disasters.

LOCAL FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT REQUIREMENTS

For questions about your Town's requirements, search your Town website for the appropriate person. Most often, that person will be in the Building, Planning, or Natural Resource/Conservation office.

Hampton                               Rye
North Hampton                    Seabrook
Portsmouth

LIVING SHORELINES

This report provides profile pages for different living shoreline types that highlight site selection criteria, design criteria, case studies, and regulatory considerations. Living Shorelines In New England: State of the Practice

WORKSHOP #3 PRESENTATIONS

Click HERE for the full slide set from Workshop #3. Topics include: Why Are We Flooding; How Landforms Help Us; Why Your Site matters: Strategies for Shoreline and Property Management, including How To Keep Water Out, Live With Water, and Get Out of The Water's Way.

SUMMARY OF THE "BUILD A FLOOD SMART SEACOAST WORKSHOPS"

Nathalie Morison, Coastal Resilience Specialist with the NHDES Coastal Program and one of the program's organizers, wrote about her 6 key take-aways from the "Build A Flood Smart Seacoast" workshop series. Click HERE to read her informative blog post.

IMPORTANT CONTACTS

Flood Insurance (Workshop #2)
Jennifer Gilbert, CFM, ANFI
NH Floodplain Management Program
State Coordinator
603-271-1762
jennifer.gilbert@osi.nh.gov

Bob Desaulniers
FEMA, Region 1
Senior Insurance Specialist
617-832-4760
robert.desaulniers@fema.dhs.gov

For local floodplain management information, search your Town's website for the appropriate staff person. Most often, the person will be in the Building, Planning, or Natural Resource/Conservation office.
- In Hampton, contact Rayann Dionne, Conservation Coordinator: 603-929-5808, rdionne@town.hampton.nh.us

State Wetlands Permits:
Eben M. Lewis
NH Department of Environmental Services, Land Resources Management Program
Wetlands Inspector, Southeast Region Supervisor
603-559-1515
eben.lewis@des.nh.gov

Beach Grass Common Garden (Workshop #1)
Alyson Eberhardt
New Hampshire Sea Grant & Cooperative Extension
Extension Specialist
603-862-6709
alyson.eberhardt@unh.edu

Land Surveying and Elevation Certificates (Workshop #1)
Jim Nadeau
Nadeau Land Surveys
207-878-7870 or 866-439-5930
jim@nadeaulandsurveys.com

Living Shorelines (Workshop #3)
Kirsten Howard, CFM
NHDES Coastal Program
Coastal Resilience Coordinator
603-559-0020
kirsten.howard@des.nh.gov

Dr. David Burdick
UNH Jackson Estuarine Lab
603-862-5129
david.burdick@unh.edu

Dr. Tom Ballestero
UNH Stormwater Center
603-862-1405
tom.ballestero@unh.edu