PUBLIC NOTICE: OUTDOOR WARNING SIREN GRANT PROJECT

Hazard Mitigation Grants

Joint Federal, State, Local Public Notice

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) have received an application for Federal grant funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Funding for this grant was made available after the 4241 Presidential declaration was made regarding the flood of October 2015. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain 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, 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: Beaufort County

Project Title: Outdoor Warning Siren

Project Description:

Beaufort County is looking to bid and procure a warning system that would include a master controller that would receive notification from NOAA that will automatically activate the warning system.  The purchase and installation of the 12 sirens would be strategically placed throughout the county to reach the most area covered. Placement of these sirens has also been determined based on vulnerability, age, and households without phone services mapping that was provided from our Hazard Mitigation Plan and also the Lowcountry Council of Government. The sirens would be automatically tied to the NOAA warning system and activated automatically by radio signal originating from the master controller.

Project Location:

The 12 Outdoor Warning Sirens would be deployed in the most exposed positions (where the most people are likely to be at risk). The following are the proposed locations for the sirens:

  1. Hunting Island Nature Center- 2809 Sea Island Pkwy, St Helena, SC 29906.
  2. Sea Pines Traffic Circle –3 Sea Pines Circle Hhi, SC 29910 
  3. Bluffton Rec Center – 61 Ulmer Rd Bluffton, SC 29910
  4. Buckwalter Rec Center- 905 Buckwalter Pkwy Bluffton, SC 29910
  5. Technical College of the Lowcountry- 100 Community College Dr Bluffton, SC 29909
  6. James J Davis Elem- 364 Keans Neck Rd Seabrook, SC 29940
  7. Beaufort Elem- 1800 Prince St Beaufort, SC 29902 
  8. St Helena Library- 6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Rd Beaufort, SC 29920
  9. Burton Wells- 1 Middleton Recreation Dr Beaufort, SC 29906
  10. Hilton Head High School- 70 Wilbur Rd hhi, SC 29926 
  11. Broomfield Rec- 161 Brickyard Point Rd N Beaufort, SC 29907 
  12. Daufuskie Elem- 22 Haig Point Rd Daufuskie Island, SC 29915 

Alternate Sites:

  1. Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Station 6 (Palmetto Dunes): 12 Dalmation Lane Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
  2. Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Station 7 (Cross Island): Marshland Rd Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 

These locations are in special flood hazard zone as determined by the attached FIRM/wetlands map, but were selected due to location of vulnerable population, largely populated areas, and areas determined to reach citizens that may not have access to technological notifications or cellular/telephone device.

Alternatives Considered:

Alternatives for this project have been considered and rejected. An alternative to the project would be to have hand held radios to alert officials from NOAA or the NWS. Designated personnel could then alert the public by bull horn or mass text notification but this may not be the most timely option for immediate hazardous weather and will require personnel to be redirected from their original job tasks.

Comments Period:

Beaufort County will be responsible for facilitating and monitoring the proposed project. Interested persons may direct any comments or questions to Pamela Cobb with Disaster Recovery at 843-255-2721 or email at pcobb@bcgov.net. These are due within 15 days of this notice.

Locations of warning siren sites

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Firm Map of the site locations

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