County of Hawaii - Flood Awareness

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For Lenders, Realtors, and Insurance Agents

We are reminding insurance agents, realtors, lenders, and the general public about the flood-related information, resources and services provided by the County’s Floodplain Management Program. We can assist with checking a property’s flood zone designation, additional flood insurance data or completed Elevation Certificates (ECs).

Looking for a property’s flood zone designation? For unofficial purposes, use the online Hawai‘i Flood Hazard Assessment Tool on the State of Hawai‘i, dept of Land and Natural Resources site. For official purposes, please call the County’s Floodplain Management Program, 808-961-8327.

Floodplain Management can also help with other information or services you may need for a property, such as:

  • Find out if whether a property is in the Flood Hazard Area (FHA) as shown on FEMA’s current Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) for Hawai‘i County;
  • Request the Floodplain Management Program  visit a property to review its flood problem and explain ways to stop flooding or prevent flood damage.
  • Get FIRM updates;

  • Explain FEMA's 90-day Appeals process;

  • Check additional flood insurance data for a site, such as the FIRM zone and the base flood elevation or depth, if shown on the FIRM;

  • Review completed Elevation Certificates(EC);

  • Request training on the NFIP, elevation certificates, repetitive loss, the building permit process as it applies to the NFIP, flood-proofing and other flood-related topics;
  • Explain the most recent flood studies underway;
  • Pick up or download County and FEMA publications including:

    • Check Flood Hazards Before You Buy  (at the Department of Public Works’ Engineering Division), in Hilo and Kona.
    • Building Permits and Inspections (at the County’s Building Division);or,
    • Download publications from the FEMA website.  This Web site also enables you to link to FEMA flood-related publications, DFIRM information adn the National Flood Insurance Program, and also has information on how to building with flooding in mind and the County permit and inspections requirements as well as general flood preparedness reminders and resources.

    Contact the Floodplain Management Program, 808-961-8327, or visit them in the County’s Department of Public Works, 101 Pauahi St. #107, in Hilo.