GLANDORF — On July 9 there will be a FEMA community meeting to review the preliminary reports for the FIS (Flood Insurance Study) and the FIRM (Flood Insurance Rate Map) maps. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will host the meeting.

The meeting is located at the Putnam County Office of Public Safety, Glandorf and there will be two sessions. From 2-4 p.m. will be the local officials meeting and from 4-7 is open to the general public.

The 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. meeting will provide information specifically for local elected officials, building and code enforcement and GIS staff. They will discuss the use of the new data, NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) participation and the timetable for the new maps to become effective.

The open house event will be held the same day at the same location from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

During the open house no presentations will be made. Instead the public will have a chance to talk one-on-one with a FEMA or ODNR representative about insurance issues, flood protection standards, regulatory requirements, state program and flood mitigation techniques.

The open house will be of particular interest to those living in or near areas of special flood hazards, realtors, insurance agents, developers and representatives of lending institutes.

Participation in the NFIP will require that communities adopt the new flood risk data into appropriate flood protection regulations by the time the new FIRM goes into effect.

The flood maps are currently on display in the Ottawa Municipal Building and also available at the Putnam County Commissioners office in the court house. They are NOT available at the Office of Public Safety.