Program for Public Information


In support of the Town's Community Rating System (CRS) participation, the Board of Aldermen appointed the Planning Board members, local insurance agents and a local lender as founding members of the Program for Public Information (PPI) Committee on March 5, 2015.


The purpose is the PPI 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. 


The buttons at the top of this page list the Town's 10 priority floodplain management topics and contain detailed information on the flood protection messages conveyed in outreach projects covered under the Town's Program for Public Information


The Town had a NFIP workshop on July 28, 2016. Here is a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation used for the meeting.


























The following services are available by contacting the Planning Department at (910) 328-1349 or using the form at the bottom of this page:

  • Map Information Service (MIS) - the Town can provide information to you from your Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), Flood Risk Information Map and other sources regarding:

     Base Flood Elevation (BFE);

     Coastal Barrier Resource System (CBRS) or Otherwise Protected Area (OPA);

     Coastal erosion; 

     Coastal high hazard areas; 

     Drainage problems;

     Flood depths at your property; 

     Flood and hurricane history in the area;

     Flood zone;

     Future flooding;

     Natural conservation areas and wetlands; 

     Special rules for building in the floodplain. 

  • Copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates (Activity 310) 

  • Technical assistance on property protection (Activity 360) 

  • Technical assistance on flood insurance (Activity 370) 

  • Flood Protection Information CRS Coordinator’s Manual 350-12 Edition: 2013 

  • Permit requirements for construction and development in the floodplain; higher standards and special rules for building in the floodplain (Activity 430 and Activity 450)

  • Maintaining the drainage maintenance system and carrying out related procedures and responsibilities .

Flood Protection

Know Your Flood Hazard

Emergency Announcements from the Town of North Topsail Beach:


Click here to register for Connect-CTY and receive announcements and timely notifications including flood warnings by telephone, cell phone, text, and e-mail.

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Follow FEMA:

The official site of the National Flood Insurance Program is

NFIP Information for...






Tide, Swell & Surf Forecasts


USGS real-time gage information for current water levels at nearest USGS 02093000 New River near Gum Branch, NC or try USGS new Mobile-friendly water data site from your mobile device!

  • NTB Facebook page
  • NTB Twitter page

Coastal Zones / LiMWA

There are three basic coastal zones and one new zone in the new NFIP maps. The flood zone X is considered to be a low risk of flooding. VE zones or Coastal High Hazard Areas are zones where high velocity wave action accompanies the storm surge and can cause severe damage to buildings. AE zones are areas affected by storm surge but where wave action is diminished or absent. For the first time FEMA has established another area within the AE zone called the Limit of Moderate Wave Action or LIMWA. These moderate waves can cause damage to buildings, though they are not as damaging as the waves expected in the VE zone. Communities that adopt the Limit of Moderate Wave Action as a higher regulatory standard may earn flood insurance rate discounts.

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Town of North Topsail Beach Town Hall
2008 Loggerhead Court
North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
1000 NC HWY 210
Sneads Ferry, NC 28460
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Photo Credit: Buddy Morrison