COUNTY PLANNER/FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR - Brett C. Lowry  

Mailing Address:
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd. Room 311
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
Phone: (850) 227-9562
Fax: (850) 564-7513
Email: blowry@gulfcounty-fl.gov

Vision:  To ensure that Gulf County is the ideal place to live, work and play now and in the future.  

MIission:  To deliver outstanding leadership and services that enhances the quality of life for all Gulf County citizens.

******GULF COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT******

OPEN BELOW LINK FOR INFORMATION, WEATHER AND ALERTS.

GULF COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

IMPORTANT NOTICE BELOW

 ****** Newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for Gulf County are available for residents to review by visiting:  http://portal.nwfwmdfloodmaps.com/ .  The flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and when updated maps become effective they will be used to help determine flood insurance rates and building requirements. *******

IMPORTANT NOTICE ABOVE

Floodplain Management:  Floodplain management assists customers in meeting the requirements of the Gulf County Land Development and the National Flood Insurance Program.  This office is the archive for all the flood information for the county, and other local jurisdictions, including flood insurance rate maps, elevation certificates, letters of map amendments, historical flooding, coastal barrier resources area, and flood insurance studies.  This office is also responsible for the Community Rating System (CRS) information.  CRS is a voluntary program which based on activities performed determines a discount from 5 percent to 40 percent on flood insurance rates.  This office assists the special projects and grants department with Mitigation of flood prone structures.  

Flood Insurance:  Did you know that homeowners’ insurance does not cover flood damages? Did you also know that Standard Property Insurance does not cover flood damage?  Please visit the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at floodSmart.gov for more information. 

Did you know that there is a 30 day waiting period before insurance coverage will be effective?  So do not delay in obtaining flood insurance coverage. 

* Did you know that 30% (approximately) of all flood insurance claims arise from Zone X (area of minimal flooding)? Just because you are not in a high hazard zone, does not mean that you will never flood. 

* Take precautions with your property, purchase flood insurance.  Talk to your insurance agent today or visit the “FloodSmart” web page listed in the links below.

* Flood insurance coverage is limited to certain elements in a basement, such as a furnace, a hot water heater and items essential to the building’s structure.  Please talk to your insurance agent. 

Floods can happen any time and any place.  And they can happen fast.  So whether you live near the water or not, you should always be ready.  Here are some important things you can do to prepare.

* Review your insurance policy and ask questions to make sure you have the proper level of protection.

* Develop a disaster response plan. See the Red Cross’ website at www.redcross.org for information, education, training & certification.

* Copy your most important documents (mortgage papers, deed, passport, bank information).  Keep copies in your home and store originals in a secure place outside the home, such as a bank safe deposit box.

* Take photos of your most valuable possessions (furniture, musical instruments, electronic equipment).  Store copies with other documents.

* Save and store receipts for any expensive household items (appliances, electronic equipment, etc.) so that you have proof of original cost.

* Make an itemized list of other possessions, such as clothing, books, small kitchen appliances, etc.  You don’t have to note every item and its cost, but the more comprehensive your list, the better.

* Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go.   

* Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc in a safe place. 

* Put aside an emergency kit equipped with a large flashlight, spare batteries, candles and waterproof matches. 

* Keep a minimum 3-day supply of nonperishable food and bottled water on hand.

* Include a battery-powered radio in your emergency kit.  Even if you never experience a flood, you’ll be glad to have this kit during a power outage.

* Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, etc in a handy place. 

* Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house when a flood comes. 

* Mark your fuse box to show the circuits in the floodable areas. 

* Check your building for water entry points, such as dryer vents.  These can be protected by low walls or temporary shields. 

* Install a floor drain plug, standpipe, overhead sewer backup valve to prevent sewer backup flooding.

* Consider elevating your structure above flood levels. 

* Get a copy of “Repairing your flooded home”.  This can be found at the Red Cross’ website listed above.

* When the National Weather Service issues a flood watch, monitor potential flood hazards on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards or on the Internet at http://www.weather.gov/

Be prepared before a flood! 

Hopefully, you never have to experience a flood firsthand.  But if you do, there are a few things you can do to stay safe.

* When a flood warning is issued, heed official instructions.

"TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN" Remember that 12” of water can float a car, don’t drive thru a flooded street or go around barricades.

* Do not drive into a flooded area.  If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. 

“TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!”  More people drown in their car than anywhere else. 

* Don’t drive through a flooded area. Just two feet of water can lift and move a car, even an SUV. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else during a flood.

* Do not walk through moving water.  As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving.  Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.  Wear rubber boots.  Be aware that snakes and other creatures will be displaced from their regular habitat. 

* Keep away from downed power lines and any other electrical wires—electrocution is often a major cause of death in floods.

* Watch out for animals who’ve lost their homes during a flood. Animals may seek shelter in your home and aggressively defend themselves.

* Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. 

* Provide your insurance agent, employer and family with emergency contact information, so that you can be reached after a flood.

* Visit https://www.disasterassistance.gov/  for more information.

 FLOOD PROTECTION REFERENCES, WEB LINKS AND INFORMATION:  

Gulf County Flood Prevention Ordinance (PDF)

Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting

Repairing Your Flooded Home

National Flood Insurance Program - FloodSmart

Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System (CRS) 

National Flood Insurance Program - CRS Update Letter

FLOOD SMART - ELEVATION CERTIFICATE DATA

Northwest Regional Library System - Informational Resources

2016 Property Owners Outreach Letter (PDF)

Online GIS Mapping- Access Flood Zone and other data from your computer.

Local Mitigation Strategy:  UPDATING.          

Preliminary FEMA Flood Maps   The April 16, 2009 FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) are the official maps for Gulf County. 

LOCAL WEATHER ALERT NOTIFICATIONS:  
You can now opt in to receive weather alerts on up to FIVE (5) phone numbers for Tornado Warnings, Severe Thunderstorm Warnings and Flash Flood Warnings.
Storm season is coming up upon us.  If you haven't If you haven't already done so, please take a minute to sign up to receive Emergency Notifications to your cell phone via voice, text or email.  NOTE:  The severe weather alert option is NOT automatically setup on landlines only Emergency Alerts.  Please take a minute to update your contact information also if you have signed up in the past for Emergency Alerts.  YOU MUST HAVE A VALID 911 ADDRESS IN GULF COUNTY, TO SIGN UP.  EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SIGN UP

Florida Division of Emergency Management - Disaster Planning - Local Weather and Information

NWS Forecast for Gulf County

CURRENT GULF COUNTY WEATHER

CAPITAL AREA SURVIVAL GUIDE

ACCESS LOCAL (GULF COUNTY) RIVER GAUGE

GULF COUNTY WHERE THE FLOOD GOES (CAT 1, 2, 3, 4 AND 5)

GULF COUNTY EVACUATION ROUTES - EMERGENCY ZONES - EMERGENCY SHELTERS

ST. JOSEPH BAY STATE BUFFER BROCHURE 

TRI-FOLD (FLOOD PROTECTION INFORMATION)

Message of Service:  If you want to know if a property is in the Special Flood Hazard Area, check our website at GoMaps .  You’ll find a wealth of information about the County’s Flood Insurance Rate Map, coastal high hazard areas, flood depths at your property, natural conservation areas and wetland, flood insurance, special rules for building in the floodplain, and ideas for protecting your property from flood damage.  Or you can call the Planning Department with all of your floodplain questions at (850) 227-9562.  We also have copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates.  And, upon request a community representative will make a site visit and provide one-on-one advice to an owner about protection of the property concerning flooding, drainage, and sewer problems. Call (850) 227-1401. 

 





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