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Posted on: March 20, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Final Public Notice - Tybee's application for FEMA HMGP funding



The City of Tybee Island has applied for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funding through the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS) as a sub-recipient.

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 a public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority and low-income populations. This notice may also fulfill requirements under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA).

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.

Applicant: GEMA/HS

Project Title: DR-4284 State of Georgia Wind Retrofit Application #1

Location of Proposed Work:

            Name of Structure: See Table   

            Address of Structure: See Table, Tybee Island, Chatham County, GA

A map showing the location of all properties is available by contacting Melissa Freeman at





Date of Construction

Tybee Island Old School Building

204 5th Street; Tybee Island



1960, not eligible for inclusion in NRHP

City of Tybee Island YMCA Building

204 5th Street; Tybee Island



1972, not eligible for inclusion in NRHP

City of Tybee Island Cafeteria Building

204 5th Street; Tybee Island



1960, not eligible for inclusion in NRHP

City of Tybee Island Gymnasium

204 5th Street; Tybee Island




City of Tybee Island Fire Department

512 Jones Avenue; Tybee Island



1950, not eligible for inclusion in NRHP

City of Tybee Island City Hall

403 Butler Avenue; Tybee Island



1939, 1944, potentially eligible for inclusion in NRHP and may require adverse effect resolution

City of Tybee Island Marine Science Center

1510 Strand Avenue; Tybee Island




City of Tybee Island Police Department

78 Van Horne Street; Tybee Island




City of Tybee Island Campground Office

5 Fort Avenue; Tybee Island




Special Flood Hazard Area Zone: This project is for the retrofit of public buildings located in multiple flood zones included A or AE (1% annual chance flood elevation), or Shaded X (0.2% annual chance flood elevation). Confirmation of location in an SFHA was made by reference to the latest Flood Insurance Rate Map, Panel 13051C0213G, 13051C0214G, 13051C0326G. The proposed work conforms to all applicable State of Georgia and local floodplain regulations. The proposed work will be installed on existing buildings and will have no effect on the local floodplain. The proposed work has the potential to be affected by the location in an SFHA. The action will be mitigated by protecting all electrical components to the 1% annual chance flood elevation for non-critical actions and to the 0.2% for critical actions.

Proposed Work and Purpose:

The City of Tybee Island is requesting funds to purchase and install emergency hurricane shutters for multiple public buildings. The purpose of this project is to protect the buildings from any impacts of windborne debris during severe weather events as this facility is located on the coast within the 130 mph. wind zone.

Project Alternatives:  

Alternative #1 (no action alternative): If no action is taken to protect the openings of these public facilities, it will increase the danger of impact from windborne debris during a severe weather event.  

Alternative #2: Installing impact resistant windows and doors would significantly increase the level of protection to the facilities; however the cost would be substantially higher than automatic roll-down shutters. These systems provide “in-situ” protection and require no human action or involvement after installation; the protection system is in place at all times and does not need to be installed prior to storm events. Further, these systems do not need to be closed, lowered, or installed like storm panels or shutter systems.

Alternative #3: Relocating structures outside of the SFHA and coastal wind zones was evaluated. The cost to relocate or acquire and demolish these structures is significantly greater than the cost to retrofit these properties. Additionally, there is limited available land outside of the SFHA or wind zone within the community service area that these structures serve.

Comment Period:

Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to City of Tybee Island. All comments are due within 30 days of this notice. The City of Tybee Island will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.

Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting: Melissa Freeman     912-472-5023    PO Box 2749 Tybee Island Ga 31328

POSTED ON: 3-20-2019

End of Notice

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