The Maryland Emergency Management recently modified the Maryland Model Floodplain Management Ordinance to help both homeowners and municipalities understand existing floodplain map and to allow homeowners to buy flood insurance before the price increase in October. City Council approved the amendments at Monday's meeting. The amendments include:
1. Language that is regulatory in nature, so as to eliminate permissive and unenforceable language.
2. Consistency with state requirements for non-tidal waters.
3. An easily modified document that reduces conflicts with requirements of the state building codes.
The adoption of the new floodplain ordinance will assist the city in maintaining compliance with federal and state flood protection requirements, and ensure continued eligibility for the National Flood Insurance Program for City of Annapolis property owners.
Therefore, the City of Annapolis, in coordination with the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), the Maryland Environmental Service (MES), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host a public outreach event regarding flood insurance on Aug. 6, at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis.
Representatives from MDE, MES, and FEMA will be available to answer questions related to flood zones and flood insurance, and to provide one-on-one computer-aided assistance from 2-8 p.m. Two brief presentations are scheduled, beginning at 2 and 6 p.m., both covering the same information.
This outreach event is of most importance to those property owners with properties in or within 20 feet of a flood zone. To determine if you property is within a flood zone, visit http:// www.mdfloodmaps.com/.
A copy of the proposed floodplain ordinance is on the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs webpage at http://bit.ly/ OcJAwT. For more information on flood zones or flood insurance, call the Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs at 410- 263-7946.
Emergency exercise volunteers needed
On Aug. 14, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management will be conducting an Emergency Preparedness Exercise and needs volunteers to act as disaster victims and evacuees. The exercise will take place at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center, 273 Hilltop Lane, Annapolis. To Register: Email firstname.lastname@example.org For questions, call Jamekica Mackall, Office of Emergency Preparedness and Risk Management, 410-216-9167
National Night Out 2012
Mark your calendars for National Night Out 2012. It will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at Annapolis Gardens, 250 Croll Drive. You are invited to join millions nationwide for America's Night Out against crime. Help build a stronger, safer community by joining forces and participating. Please come and join the fun! Moonbounce, obstacle course, face painting, poster contest, K-9 demonstration, food and refreshments, and much, much more. Contact Patti Norris at 410-268-9000 ext 7251 or e-mail email@example.com any questions.
Don't forget beginning Sept. 10, small bulky items, such as chairs, lamps, etc. can be placed at the curb every week on your refuse collection day.
After Sept. 10 you can also schedule large bulky items, such as appliances, sofa, mattresses, by calling 410-263-7949. (Two large bulk items maximum per collection)
For more information on the changes to the City of Annapolis' Solid Waste Collection beginning on Sept. 10, go to http://bit.ly/ NqsyMA for information in both English and Spanish.