Some of the Consulting Work We Do

We Consult with Everybody on Everything Floodplain Related

Navigating the intricate world of flood zones can feel impossible. Confusing terminology, shifting regulations, and the ever-present threat of rising flood insurance costs can leave even the most seasoned homeowner feeling adrift. We consult on everything floodplain related! Whether simple or complex, big or small, we do it all.

From initial consultation to ongoing support, we’re here to answer your questions, address your concerns, and empower you to make informed decisions about your property’s future. Don’t let the fear of floods cast a shadow over your real estate dreams. Contact FloodZero today and unlock the power of expert flood zone consultation and analysis. FloodZero Consulting – Your One Stop Flood Zone Shop. Below are examples of just some of the areas we work in.

Here's what you can expect when working with FloodZero Consulting.

  • Free Initial Consultation: Discuss your concerns with a flood zone expert and gain valuable insights into your property’s flood risk profile, all at no cost.
  • Clear Communication: We make complex flood zone concepts understandable, ensuring you can navigate the process with confidence.
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your flood risk empowers you to make informed decisions, secure the best insurance rates, and protect your investment for years to come.

Flood Zone Determination

Wondering how the flood zone affects your property? Buying or selling real estate? Flood zones can make or break your deal. Don’t get swept away by uncertainty – invest in clear, actionable insights that empower you to make better decisions. FloodZero can help.

Let FloodZero Consulting provide you a definitive flood zone report that illustrates and identifies the actual flood zone that affects your property so that you can make the best decisions possible. Understanding your flood risk empowers you to prepare for the unexpected and face the future with confidence.

Identify your flood zone, be it a high-risk flood zone or a low-risk flood zone. The detailed flood zone map helps you visualize your property’s position relative to flood zones, giving you a clear picture of the potential risks. It also provides peace of mind equipping you with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the complex world of flood risks.

Don’t let flood risks cast a shadow over your real estate journey. Take control, gain clarity, and empower your decisions with FloodZero Consulting.

Flood Protection Analysis

Do you find yourself worrying about your house or property being damaged by a flood? Let FloodZero Consulting stand as your flood protection advisor, assisting you in developing a personalized flood defense plan for your property. FloodZero can help.

We dive deeper than mere flood zone designations to look for your property’s unique flooding vulnerabilities. Whether it’s the subtle slope of your land, the proximity to rushing rivers, or potential storm surges, we leave no stone (or raindrop) unturned.

Some options FloodZero Consulting uses to analyze and protect property are:

  • Floodproofing Review: Flood protection is more than just passive defense. It’s about actively bolstering your home’s ability to withstand a flood. Our floodproofing review dissects your existing measures, from elevated foundations to flood barriers, pinpointing areas for improvement or ensuring their optimal effectiveness. Let FloodZero Consulting help you floodproof your home.
  • Flood Venting: You might be wondering; do I need flood vents? Will flood vents help protect my property? If so, where should I put flood vents? These are important questions, since strategically placed openings allow water to flow through non-habitable structures harmlessly, alleviating pressure and preventing catastrophic damage. We work with professionals to pinpoint the optimal locations for these flood vents, ensuring your structure is protected, even when submerged.
  • Elevation Certificate: Knowing your structure’s elevation is key to saving money on flood insurance. FloodZero Consulting works with licensed professionals across the country to provide elevation certificates, granting you the ability to breathe easier by knowing the elevation of your structure relative to the flood zone.

 

At FloodZero Consulting, we go beyond the immediate threat. We believe in empowering you to build a lasting relationship with your environment, one that respects the power of water and mitigates its potential harm. We educate you on flood-resistant landscaping, sustainable materials, and proactive mitigation strategies, ensuring your home remains a safe place to be in the storm.

Don’t let flood risks cast a shadow over your real estate journey. Take control, gain clarity, and empower your decisions with FloodZero Consulting.

Floodplain Management / Development

Are you being told that you cannot develop a piece of property or expand an existing structure because that property or structure is in a high-risk flood zone? FloodZero can help. We are Your One Stop Flood Zone Shop and we know flood zones. We have been providing floodplain management services for over fifteen years.

It is critical to have expert advice when dealing with flood zone related restrictions. We have been involved in all levels of floodplain management review, from assisting developments in meeting local regulations to overseeing community wide flood map adoptions through the FEMA flood map update process.

We have experience working with city, county, state, and federal agencies to analyze and mitigate impacts that flood zones have on the development process. This includes the ability to review and interpret state building codes, local land-use regulations, and planning regulations. We can evaluate and prepare flood zone recommendations, including both structural and nonstructural options. By addressing flood zone issues early in the development process, property owners can significantly reduce their future flooding risks while also meeting community floodplain regulations and facilitating development. Remember, property is expensive, don’t waste it!

Flood Insurance Claims

Flooding is the most common natural disaster. Flood insurance helps property owners deal with the losses associated with flood damage. Unfortunately, many flood claims are denied because the review process is based on a complicated set of guidelines and requirements. Knowing the guidelines and requirements, and how they apply to each situation, can be the difference between getting a claim approved or having it denied.

To complicate these matters, sometimes flooding comes from multiple sources at the same time. This makes the flood insurance claim even more daunting and often results in a denial of your claim because all of the necessary information explaining the flooding situation was not correctly provided.

FloodZero Consulting works with you and your insurance company to make sure they have all the correct, necessary documentation and facts to decide your flood insurance claim, based on your policy’s requirements. This ensures that you receive the maximum amount possible, as quickly as possible, allowing you to get back to normal as soon as possible. Flooding is a major headache – flood insurance shouldn’t be!

Community Rating System

The Community Rating System (“CRS”) is a voluntary program which reduces flood insurance premiums for all properties in eligible communities. However, many communities do not take advantage of the CRS because participation can be complicated and time consuming. In fact, out of over 22,000 National Flood Insurance Program communities, only about 1,500 participate in the CRS. This is a huge mistake, since participating in the CRS can save local citizens money as well as increase flooding safety and awareness.

The CRS is administered by the Insurance Services Office (“ISO”), which requires verifications every year and cycle visits every five years. The ISO awards CRS points to a community based on its activities to increase public safety, decrease flood damage, and promote environmental awareness. To determine which points to award, the ISO evaluates nineteen categories, such as public information, mapping, regulation, flood damage reduction, warning and response systems, and more.

FloodZero Consulting can help your community achieve its desired CRS rating. No job is too big or too small. We can simply provide minor consultation, or we can do all the work by developing an entire plan and processing all the paperwork.

Hazard Mitigation Grants (FEMA Grants)

FEMA grants are a great way to help you and your community prepare for and recover from a variety of natural disasters. Most FEMA funding comes through FEMA grants. Most FEMA grants are intended to reduce long-term risks to people or property.

FEMA has a variety of grants available. Some examples of available FEMA grant types include…

  • Public Assistance Grants – FEMA grants intended to get your community back on its feet as soon as possible after a presidential disaster declaration.
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants – FEMA grants intended to reduce future flood disaster losses.
  • Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Grants – FEMA grants intended to reduce the risks of future flooding disasters and natural hazards from future disasters.

FEMA grants are great for communities; however, each FEMA grant has its own set of requirements that must be met to qualify. FloodZero Consulting understands the pertinent laws, rules, and regulations relating to FEMA grants. Let FloodZero equip your community with the comprehensive knowledge required to proactively prepare for disasters before they arise. FloodZero knows how to make the most of FEMA grants so your community can go back to normal as quickly as possible. Our expertise ensures your community’s optimal readiness, enabling you to navigate potential issues seamlessly. We offer a variety of FEMA grant services with expertise and efficiency. These services include…

  • Identifying relevant FEMA grants
  • Assessing FEMA grant eligibility criteria
  • Conducting thorough FEMA grant cost-benefit analyses
  • Completing the necessary FEMA grant paperwork
  • Following up on the FEMA grant process and addressing any problems

Case Studies

Floods don’t just dominate headlines; they reshape landscapes and lives. Understanding the intricacies of flood zones isn’t just about property values or insurance – it’s about building resilient communities and preparing for an uncertain future.

At FloodZero Consulting, we believe knowledge is power, especially when it comes to navigating the complex world of flood risks. That’s why we curate and analyze real-world flood zone case studies, offering invaluable insights gleaned from the lived experiences of communities around the globe.

Our case studies paint vivid pictures of communities confronting the challenges and opportunities of living in flood zones. We meticulously analyze the causes, consequences, and responses to various flood events, exploring:

  • Flood zone mapping and designation: Examining the accuracy and efficacy of existing flood maps, highlighting potential discrepancies, and advocating for continual updates.
  • Flood mitigation strategies: Showcasing successful (and sometimes unsuccessful) efforts to manage flood risks, from levee construction to green infrastructure solutions.
  • Community resilience: Highlighting the importance of community preparedness, collaboration, and adaptation in the face of rising water levels.
  • Economic and social impacts: Exploring the financial and social ramifications of floods, emphasizing the need for equitable and sustainable solutions.

 

By delving into these real-world examples, you gain invaluable insights into flood risks, mitigation strategies, and community resilience. Whether you’re a homeowner, a policymaker, or simply a concerned citizen, our case studies empower you to:

  • Make informed decisions: Understand the nuances of flood zones and how they affect your property, community, and future.
  • Advocate for positive change: Leverage the lessons learned from case studies to push for improved flood maps, effective mitigation strategies, and equitable policies.
  • Build a more resilient future: Equip yourself and your community with the knowledge and tools necessary to prepare for and adapt to a changing climate and rising water levels.

 

Flood zones may be a complex reality, but they don’t have to be an insurmountable obstacle. By joining us in exploring the diverse range of flood zone case studies, you can navigate the flooded road with confidence, building a future where communities thrive, not just survive, in the face of rising waters.

Remember, knowledge is power. By sharing these real-world stories and insights, we can foster a more informed and prepared society, one that embraces the challenges of flood zones and builds a future where water, though a force of nature, does not dictate the fate of our communities.

Everything Else, Seriously!

If you have any problems relating to flooding, flood zones, or FEMA, give us a call. We will do our best to help, offer free advice, or, if necessary, point you in the right direction.