*PUBLIC COMMENT*
(12/11/20 - 1/8/21)

THE LOWCOUNTRY COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS IS SEEKING PUBLIC COMMENT
ON THE 2020 LOWCOUNTRY NATURAL HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN UPDATE
FOR BEAUFORT, COLLETON, HAMPTON AND JASPER COUNTIES

The Lowcountry Council of Governments is requesting the public to review and provide comments on the final draft of the 2020 Lowcountry Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan  for Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. 

Written comments on the draft will be accepted until close of business on January 8th, 2021. Please send your comments to Maleena Parkey, Lowcountry COG, P.O. Box 98, Yemassee, SC 29945 or via email at mparkey@lowcountrycog.org.  For additional information regarding the draft Hazard mitigation Plan, please call (843) 473-3987.


The Lowcountry Council of Governments is responsible for developing the FEMA approved Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan for Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton Counties. The previous plans were completed in 2015 and can be found by clicking on the links below.


The 2020 Lowcountry Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan is an update of the 2015 plans and combines the four counties into one streamlined document.  The plan profiles the natural hazards including historic location and past occurrence data along with identifying the mitigation actions to save lives and to prevent major property damage and other losses caused by natural disasters in the Lowcountry region.   The plan represents the jurisdictions commitment to reduce the risks from natural hazards as well as serve as a guide for decision makers as they commit resources to reducing the effects of natural hazards. 

The overall guiding principles of the regional plan include: 

  • Bridging the unique needs and common goals of the four counties and their communities 
  • Saving lives and protecting property 
  • Taking a regional approach
  • Complementing the State Plan 
  • Accessing funding to implement recommendations 

As part of gathering information for the 2020 update, the Lowcountry Council of Governments conducted a community survey to gather residents’ input on personal experiences and perceptions of natural hazards (i.e. hurricanes, tornados, floods), planning and preparation for natural hazards, and support of community hazard mitigation activities.  The survey, held from 9/4/20 - 11/30/20, is now closed. The responses collected have been analyzed, reviewed, and incorporated into the 2020 Lowcountry Natural Hazard Mitigation report.