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Public Notice

FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Application
Final Notice and Public Explanation of a Proposed Activity in a 100 Year Floodplain

Release Date: November 19, 2020

Contact Information:
Marcy Benson email icon , Senior Grants Administrator, 843-341-4689


To:  All interested Federal and State Agencies, Local Groups and Individuals- Public Notice

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) have received an application for Federal grant funding from the Town of Hilton Head Island through the Hazard Mitigation Program (HGMP). Funding for this grant was made available after the 4479 Presidential declaration following Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-Line Winds and Flooding. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, flood plain standards, permit requirements and conditions.

Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, and legal and safety considerations. Under executive order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to, and to provide public notice of, any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains and wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low income populations.

Applicant: Town of Hilton Head Island

Project: Hilton Head Fire Station 2 Generator

Project location: 65 Lighthouse Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Project Description: This proposed project will consist of replacing a generator at Hilton Head Island Fire Station 2 and placing the new equipment in compliance with base flood elevation and building code requirements.

Alternatives Considered: Alternatives for this project which have been considered and rejected:

  1. No action- risk includes continued outages during natural hazard events.
  2. Solar or battery backup was considered, however due to significant tree canopy there is substantial impact on the ability to effectively use solar power and battery backup systems have higher maintenance cost and limited power life without recharging.

The Town of Hilton Head Island will be responsible for facilitating and monitoring the proposed project. Interested persons may review project files, including maps, or direct any comments or questions to Marcy Benson, Senior Grants Administrator, Town of Hilton Head Island Community Development Department, 1 Town Center Court, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, 843-341-4689 or marcyb@hiltonheadislandsc.gov within 15 days of this notice.