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Notice of Office Closure

The Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development offices will be closed to the public on November 23rd and 24th. We will be closed November 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday and November 24th is an unpaid furlough day for employees to reduce state expenses.

Planning and Land Management

Floodplain Management

In case of a flooding emergency, communities should contact
the State Emergency Coordination Center at 1-800-478-2337
or e-mail at secc@ak-prepared.com

Floodplain management is a program focused on reducing flood damages through resilient community decision-making and implementation of preventive and, when required, corrective measures.

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is one portion of the floodplain management toolbox. The NFIP provides minimum development standards for preventive and protective measures through improved land use and building practices, and encourages communities to evaluate and determine usage of higher standards.

Participation in the NFIP is based on an agreement between a local government and the federal government. If the community adopts and enforces a floodplain management ordinance that meets program standards, the federal government will make flood insurance available within the community.

Mitigation

Mitigation refers to activities that eliminate or reduce the effects of a disaster. Two elements encompass mitigation: planning and projects. A Hazard Mitigation Plan is a guide to methods, projects, and actions that will make people and their communities less vulnerable to the effects of natural and human-caused hazards.

The State Hazard Mitigation Officer, with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM), manages the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).

Alaska Mitigation Program

For More Information

Jimmy Smith, Local Government Specialist
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640
Anchorage, AK 99501
Phone: (907) 269-4132 FAX: (907) 269-4066
jimmy.smith@alaska.gov