The Massachusetts Coastal CoalitionJoe's Role: Chair and Executive Director
The Massachusetts Coastal Coalition (MCC) is a nationally recognized 501c3 non-profit whose members are stakeholders interested or affected by flood hazards. The MCC mission is simple: educate, advocate, and inform professionals and stakeholders regionally and nationally on flood hazards.
Joe established the MCC on February 2nd, 2012 as the Marshfield Citizens Coastal Coalition (MCCC) as a means to communicate coastal hazards and information about coastal infrastructure better to citizens. Originally focused on only local coastal infrastructure issues, the MCCC became experts in informational outreach on flood insurance and mapping issues after the passage of the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012 (BW-12). The Town of Marshfield was caught in a “perfect storm” when, in the spring of 2013, new flood maps were also presented to the community. The new maps increased flood elevations more than 70% from prior elevations across the community. The result of new legislation and new maps meant flood insurance premiums began to skyrocket. During 2013, the MCCC held many citizen outreaches and joined together with national organizations such as the Coalition for Sustainable Flood Insurance (CSFI) to advocate for legislative changes. The culmination of the national effort was the passage of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA). Since then, the MCC has grown its knowledge base, established a formal Board of Directors, offers services and become a 501c3 organization, traveling the country to speak on the issues of our stakeholders.
With unique products and services, the MCC continues to serve stakeholders and communities first. From CE classes for professionals, to flood risk services and outreaches for our community. Chair and Executive Director Joe Rossi travels the country each year to speak at various national conferences. We are always growing and looking for more educational opportunities all across the country. Contact us, become a member and get to Know Flood!
The MCC mission. The mission of the MCC is to educate, advocate, and inform professionals and stakeholders regionally and nationally, on flood hazards.
The MCC goals.
- Keep stakeholders informed of flood hazard issues that may affect their community, industry or organization
- To maintain clear communication and form partnerships with committees, organizations and government entities to carry out our mission
- Represent Coalition members at local/regional/national events, meetings, and other stakeholder events
- Present and distribute educational material relevant to our mission and goals to our stakeholders
- Provide educational opportunities and other benefits for our members
Donate to the MCC.
Become a member.
As the Massachusetts Coastal Coalition grows, so does our mission to our stakeholders. The MCC has created a membership program to make stakeholders a participating constituent of the organization. Among other benefits, our membership program comes with an annual member meeting, where members have a chance to get to know the MCC, and help determine its future.
Most of our interactions with stakeholders will require you to become a member. Membership is FREE, and requires some information found in the link below. Once complete, you are a member and have unlimited access to the MCC.
Note: The information provided to the MCC is not sold or distributed to any other organization, corporation or anyone other than the MCC.
Order a flood risk service from the MCC.
Knowing your flood zone and flood risk is now as easy as entering an address. The Know Flood Map Service has the entire nation’s digital flood maps online. Simply enter your address in the search bar, and the map pins your building’s location. A box then pops up to introduce you to one of our services. The map search is free and gives you the basic information necessary to assess your flood risk, flood zone, and insurance needs.
With our network of land surveyors, we can offer elevation certificates across the country. Once you fill out the elevation certificate form (found in the link below), our team of professionals will reach out and book a time to visit your property. We review each elevation certificate for accuracy. If there are issues with the information on the elevation certificate, we work to fix them. By clicking the button below, you’ll be asked to fill out our quote request form, then someone will get in touch with you quickly with pricing and ordering options.
If the lowest grade of your land is above the flood elevation printed on the flood map, your building may be able to be removed from the requirement of having flood insurance. The Letter Of Map Amendment (LOMA) is the easiest way to remove the building from the “A” or “V” zone if it qualifies. The Know Flood Removal is an expedited process and in most cases can be completed in 30 days. To start, you’ll need an elevation certificate. Then we review and verify that you are eligible. If you submit your LOMA request and are denied, there is no cost! Our technical specialists are here to help and guide you along the way.
*An individual may visit hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/onlinelomc/signin and apply for a LOMA on their own, free of charge. Our service completes this process for you and is expedited.
Whether it be a pre or post disaster outreach, informational meeting on flood insurance, or a CRS public meeting, the MCC organizes it all. For about the last 10 years, the MCC has specialized in community outreach to communicate flood hazards, flood insurance, floodplain management issues and more. The MCC can also perform flood workshops, where the MCC and its partners help the residents of a community understand their flood policies, flood risk and answer individualized questions.
Pre and Post Disaster Outreach
The MCC set a precedent in 2018 by hosting pre and post disaster outreaches across Massachusetts in response to the flooding from the winter storms. These outreaches focused on the financial resources available after an event, navigating the claims process, and how to elevate a home. For both pre and post disaster outreaches, the MCC brings in experts including state officials, other non profits and experts in claims and recovery. The outreaches help guide stakeholders through what can be a very difficult time and topic.
New Flood Maps
The MCC has become specialists in guiding a community through changing flood maps. The MCC is nationally recognized in this space, and is called on by communities all over the country to help better understand the implications of what new maps mean. A MCC new flood map outreach helps residents understand the general and specific impacts of a map change, why it happens, and resources to answer specific questions. Similar to the pre and post disaster outreaches, the MCC brings experts in several areas to assist, and each outreach is customized for the community.
Sometimes a community just wants stakeholders and residents to better understand flood risk. This can be an hour long meeting or a full day workshop. The MCC has specialized in this space for almost a decade, and will customize the outreach per the communities needs.
NOTE: Outreach services outside Massachusetts are welcomed and encouraged, but must be scheduled HERE and speaking donation requirements apply