Hazard Mitigation Plan Progress Report Reviewed by Mayor & Council
Ocean City, Maryland – (January 15, 2019): Town of Ocean City Planning Director Bill Neville and Emergency Management Coordinator/Planner Bob Rhode recently presented a progress report of the 2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan to the Mayor and City Council. The progress report, given at the Mayor and City Council’s work session on January 15, 2019, allowed for review on the implementation of the plan, as well as actions and recommendations.
Neville reported that participation in the Community Rating System (CRS) encourages communities to present an annual Progress Report to the public on the implementation of an adopted Floodplain Management Plan (or Hazard Mitigation Plan). “The Town of Ocean City, MD is continuing to make great progress on completing projects that prevent storm damage, provide property protection, increase public awareness of risks, enhance natural environmental protection, and maintain emergency services” stated Neville.
CRS review of the Town of Ocean City’s floodplain management program in 2017 resulted in a classification improvement to a Class 6 which provides a 20 percent discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after May 1, 2017. CRS Class 6 provides a potential reduction of flood insurance premiums of $1,498,151 or $57 per policy on average.
The adopted plan / progress report may be found on the Town website at: https://oceancitymd.gov/oc/departments/emergency-services/ , or a copy may be requested in person at the Department of Planning and Community Development.