Thank you for your input!

Lowcountry residents have the opportunity to take part in planning to prevent major property damage and other losses caused by natural disasters, as the Lowcountry Council of Governments updates the Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Plans for Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.  The updates are on their way. Risks and hazards—including wind, wildfires, ice storms and flooding—have been identified and assessed.   The next step requires structuring list of possible action steps to help mitigate any damage caused by these and other hazards.  Suggestions, comments and questions from area residents will ensure that all members of the community are represented and no concerns are overlooked.

While it is important to be prepared, there is another reason for planning:  in order to receive grant money for hazard mitigation projects, or to receive aid after a disaster, FEMA requires that plans be updated every five years, and that time is now.

The Plan updates are funded by FEMA, through the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), with the local match provided by the counties.


* 1. In what county is your household located?

* 2. Which of the following hazards have caused life or property damage at your place of residence?

* 3. Please choose the 3 hazards that are your greatest cause of concern for your life and property.

* 4. Have you made any improvements to your property to protect against natural hazards?

* 5. If you answered yes to question 4, please indicate what type of improvements you have made.

* 6. If you answered no to question 4, which of the following home improvements would you benefit from the most?

* 7. Please indicate your level of agreement with the following statement: My household is prepared in the event of a natural disaster.

* 8. What is the best way for you to receive information on how to make your home and community more resistant to natural hazards? 

* 9. A number of community-wide activities can reduce our risk from hazards. In general, these activities fall into one of the following six broad categories. Please tell us how important you think each one is for your community to consider pursuing.

  Not important Somewhat important Very Important
Prevention - Examples include heightened standards for hazard-resistant construction, increased regulation of construction in hazard-prone areas as well as enhanced enforcement of existing regulations.
Property Protection - Examples include relocation, elevation, structural repairs, and storm shutters.
Natural Resource Protection - Examples include floodplain protection, habitat preservation, wetland restoration and forest management.
Structural Projects - Examples include dams, levees, seawalls detention / retention basins, channel modification, retaining walls and storm sewers.
Emergency Services - Examples include warning systems, evacuation planning, emergency response training, and protection of critical facilities or systems.
Public Education and Awareness -  Examples include outreach projects, school education programs, library materials and demonstration events.

* 10. Do you have any other comments, questions, or concerns?