Flood Prevention, Protection, Maps & Other Flood-Related Information

2017 Public Meetings on Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Three public meetings were recently held on the preliminary Flood Maps and how their changes affect Dare County: in Kill Devil Hills, Manteo and Buxton.  These meetings were hosted by the Dare County Planning Department with municipal representatives, along with the NC Flood Map Planning Office.  GovEd TV recorded the Manteo meeting, which features a presentation by Steve Garrett, CFM, Outreach Planner, and Tyler Longberry, PF, CFM, Engineer, from the NC Floodplain Mapping Program.

Flood Insurance Rate Maps Presentation for the Board of Commissioners

Planning Director Meredith Guns recently presented information on the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps to the Board of Commissioners at its January 9 meeting.  The presentation provides more Town specific information about the State-issued maps:

For more information:

Watch the Flood Insurance Rate Maps presentation from meeting:

January 9, 2017 Board of Commissioners Mtg.  (the presentation begins approximately 19:44 into the meeting)

Contact the Planning Department with any specific questions: 252-449-5318.

2016 Preliminary Flood Maps Released

On June 30, 2016 the Federal Emergency Management Agency through North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency management released preliminary flood maps for Dare County, including the Town of Kill Devil Hills. The maps are released in a digital format and can be viewed on the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS). The website is
http://www.ncfloodmaps.com/.  Below is a link to a video featuring Steve Garrett, CFM, NC Department of Public Safety, Emergency Management, which explains how the FRIS works and the features the site offers. Some of the features include determining your property's flood zone, first floor elevation of the structure, creating a flood map of your property, and a flood insurance calculator. Please call the Kill Devil Hills Planning Department with any questions, or for additional instructions, 252-449-5318.

For the full release:

 2016 Flood Map Release   

To Access Maps

The maps are released in a digital format and can be viewed at the Flood Risk Information System (FRIS): http://www.ncfloodmaps.com/ 

Video Tutorial 

Here is a link to help you navigate the website: Flood Map Tutorial

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): 

To help you understand the process and new map designations, check out the FAQ Info.
2016 Preliminary Flood Maps Released
2016 Preliminary Flood Maps Released

Flood Prevention, Protection, Maps & Other Flood-Related Information

Much of the Town of Kill Devil Hills is located within a Special Flood Hazard Area and is susceptible to flooding from a variety of sources including nor’easters, tropical storms, hurricanes and prolonged rain events.  It is important to know and understand what flood zone your property is located within to determine the associated risk.

Kill Devil Hills participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which makes flood insurance available for property owners.  To reduce flood insurance premiums and promote flood awareness, the Town also participates in the Community Rating System (CRS). 

Remember, the Planning Department is available to answer any questions you may have and may be reached at (252) 449-5318.

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This portion of the Town’s website provides you with a variety of supplemental information in regards to flooding, preparedness, insurance protection, and recovery.  Here are some quick facts that are more fully addressed along the left sidebar. 


  • Homeowner’s Insurance does not cover flood damage.
  • If you rent, you are not covered by the home owner’s insurance for your belongings – you need to purchase flood insurance to cover your own personal property.
  • Know your location – determine your property’s flood zone information from FEMA issued flood maps.
  • Have a PLAN – whether hurricanes, nor’easters or other storm event, protect yourself and your belongings from flood/storm damage and have an evacuation plan.
  • Learn more – check out the resources we’ve offered on this site.  Come to the Planning Department and see what additional information we may have that would be of value to you and your family during potential flood events.