The PPI was introduced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as a new planning tool to provide a step-by-step coordinated approach to flood hazard outreach, which Pinellas County followed in developing the Pinellas County Program for Public Information (PPI) .
The County’s purpose in developing this plan is to improve communication with citizens, and to provide information about flood hazards, flood safety, flood insurance, and ways to protect property and natural floodplain functions to those who can benefit from it. Although this information is being effectively shared throughout the County, this program will better coordinate messages and materials, standardize the information being shared, and make it more accessible to County staff as well as the other local governments and agencies within the County. Additionally, the CRS credits the implementation of public outreach projects and initiatives identified in a PPI.
The PPI is reviewed annually and updated every five years. A countywide public information working group will meet three times in 2019 to develop a multijurisdictional PPI and provide input related to flood risk and mitigation to the Local Mitigation (LMS) Strategy Working Group for the LMS update, which serves as the County's Floodplain Management Plan. Thereafter, the public information working group will meet up to three times per year to review PPI and LMS flood mitigation projects, evaluate project and plan implementation, and develop annual reports.
Flood Risk and Mitigation Public Information Working Group (FRMPIWG) Meeting Information and Documents: