Hazard Mitigation Program Deadline Approaching

Johnston County Emergency Services, in partnership with the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is gathering information for the hazard mitigation program. Johnston County homeowner’s who were significantly impacted by Hurricane Florence may be eligible for one of two state sponsored programs to reduce the chance of future damage. The two programs are:

  1. Elevation of the primary residence
    • Which involves raising the structure to local ordinance standards
    • The residence must be structurally capable of being elevated safely
    • Homeowner must maintain Flood Insurance with NFIP for the life of the home
  2. Acquisition (buyout) of the entire property
    • It is a voluntary program that includes purchasing all structures on a parcel of land
    • The homeowner is offered pre-disaster fair market value based on a certified appraisal
    • The residence and all buildings are demolished by local government once completed
    • The land is deeded to local government with open space restrictions
    • Homeowners are strongly encouraged to keep all receipts for any repairs already made

Both programs require the following documentation to apply to the state for inclusion in the process:

  • Flood insurance declaration page (front/summary page of your policy)
  • Photos of each side of all structures on the property
  • Elevation certificate if you have one

Homeowner’s should contact the Hazard Mitigation team at Johnston County Emergency Services if they are interested in participating in the program and to schedule a meeting.  The Hazard Mitigation team may be reached at 919-989-5131 Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The deadline for applications is January 25, 2019.