Public Notice

Public Notice

Information About New Flood Maps and Flood Ordinance Changes

06.13.2018

Brunswick County is considering adopting new flood maps and amending the County’s Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

FEMA regularly updates Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) using studies to improve the maps and ensure their accuracy. The last maps FEMA approved for our area were adopted in 2006; since then, FEMA has worked to study and improve these maps. Now that FEMA has approved updated maps, Brunswick County can adopt them and continue to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

To view the current effective maps or the preliminary maps on the State’s website, visit the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS) – Flood Maps, which will automatically show the current effective maps. To view the preliminary maps, in the top right corner of the page, click on “Effective” and change to “Preliminary.” This will allow the viewer to see the maps being adopted on August 28, 2018.

Brunswick County will be scheduling a public hearing about these changes, and a public informational workshop will be held on July 10, 2018 at 6 p.m. in the County Commissioners Chambers, at 30 Government Center Drive in Bolivia, NC.

For more information about the proposed changes to the Flood Maps and the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, click here.

Ways to Cope with Extreme Heat

How to Cope with Extreme Heat

Install window air conditioners snugly

  •  Close any floor heat registers nearby.
  • Insulate spaces around air conditioners for a tighter fit.
  • Use a circulating or box fan to spread the cool air.

Keep heat outside and cool air inside

  •  Install temporary reflectors, such as aluminum foil covered cardboard, to reflect any heat back outside. Keep the cool air inside by weather-stripping doors and windowsills.
  • Consider keeping storm windows up all year.
  • Storm windows can keep the heat out of a house in the summer the same way they keep the cold out in the winter. Check air-conditioning ducts for proper insulation.

Protect windows

  •  Hang shades, draperies, awnings, or louvers on windows that receive morning or afternoon sun. Outdoor awnings or louvers can reduce the heat entering the house by as much as 80 percent.

Conserve electricity.

  •  During periods of extreme heat, people tend to use a lot more power for air conditioning which can lead to a power shortage or outage.

Stay indoors as much as possible.

  •  If air conditioning is not available, stay on the lowest floor out of the sunshine. Remember that electric fans do not cool, they just blow hot air around.

Eat well-balanced, light meals. Drink plenty of water regularly.

  •  Persons who have epilepsy or heart, kidney, or liver disease; are on fluid-restrictive diets; or have a problem with fluid retention should consult a doctor before increasing liquid intake.
  • Limit intake of alcoholic beverages. Although beer and alcoholic beverages appear to satisfy thirst, they actually cause further body dehydration.

Dress in loose-fitting clothes that cover as much skin as possible.

  •  Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight and helps maintain normal body temperature.
  • Protect face and head by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.

Allow your body to get acclimated to hot temperatures for the first 2 or 3 days of a heat wave.

Avoid too much sunshine.

  •  Sunburn slows the skin’s ability to cool itself. Use a sunscreen lotion with a high SPF (sun protection factor) rating.

Avoid extreme temperature changes.

  •  A cool shower immediately after coming in from hot temperatures can result in hypothermia, particularly for elderly and very young people.

Slow down.

  •  Reduce, eliminate, or reschedule strenuous activities. High-risk individuals should stay in cool places. Get plenty of rest to allow your natural “cooling system” to work.

Take salt tablets only if specified by your physician.

  •  Persons on salt-restrictive diets should check with a physician before increasing salt intake.

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