FEMA Public Notice – Firing Range (10/30/2019)




The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Firing Range has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA) Program funding through North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) as a sub-recipient.


Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990, FEMA is required to consider alternatives, and to provide a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).


Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.


Sub-Applicant: Brunswick County


Project Title: PN 79209: Brunswick County Firing Range, PA-04-NC-4393-PW-01927


Location of Proposed Work:

Facility Address Latitude Longitude Date of Construction
Brunswick County Firing Range 191 Federal Road, Firing Range, Ash, North Carolina 28420 34.13267 -78.32959 2016


Special Flood Hazard Area Zone:

This project is for the replacement of berms at the Brunswick County Firing Range. All work is located in an A zone or 1% Annual Chance Flood Hazard. Confirmation of location in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) was determined by the Brunswick County Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel Number: 3720210200J, dated 6/2/2006. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of North Carolina and local floodplain regulations. There is a potential for the facility to be impacted by future flooding events due to its location within the A zone. The proposed work will not take place in wetlands per the United States Fish and Wildlife Service National Wetlands Inventory and will have little potential to impact or affect wetland values.


Proposed Work and Purpose:

Brunswick County will replace the soil for the berms and install a geotextile underlayment over top and seed the soil. The County will execute a Hazard Mitigation Proposal that involves flattening the berm slopes, adding an additional 13,587.44 CY of soil and will bury a vinyl sheet piling wall in the backstop of the berm to provide stabilization and minimize erosion. As such, the useful life of this structure should increase and no adverse impacts to the floodplain should occur. The Brunswick County Firing Range provides sniper, combat, and shooting range courses at this training facility.


Project Alternatives:

Alternative #1 (No action): The ‘no action’ alternative would ultimately result in a negative social impact in Brunswick County. Furthermore, the shooting range facilitates open space use of the floodplain.

Alternative #2 (Repair in-kind): Repairing the berms in kind without minimization measures may result in similar damages from future events. If similar damages occur again, it would cause economic and social impacts.

Alternative #3 (Relocation): Relocating the facility is not practicable and would result in negative socioeconomic impacts to the community.


Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies, and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to:


FEMA Internal 11988 Reviewer

FEMA Region 4

3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road

Atlanta, Georgia, 30341


Alternatively, comments may be emailed to: FEMA-R4EHP@fema.dhs.gov. Please send comments with the subject line [DR-4393-NC-01927 11988 COMMENT].


All comments are due by no later than 30 days of the posted date of this notice.


POSTED ON: October 30, 2019



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