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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Recent Articles







NFIP Rating and the Community Rating System



Know Your Line: Be Flood Aware


Upcoming Changes to the NFIP – Recent Flood Insurance Legislation will Affect Subsidized Rates for Pre-FIRM Buildings



States and Communities Work to Coordinate Building Codes and Floodplain Management Ordinances



FloodSmart Websites Offer New Resources for FloodSmart Partners and Agents


Disputing Flood Zones


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This Month's Featured Websites [Back to Top]

  • Compendium of Flood Map Changes
    This webpage on the FEMA website lists all the changes made to the NFIP maps by FEMA, including physical map revisions, Letters of Map Revision, and Letters of Map Amendment, during a given 6-month period. The Compendium is updated every 6 months (January 1 - June 30 and July 1-December 31). 

  • Disaster Statistics
    The Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, CO maintains a disaster statistics page on its website with summaries of more than 15 resources and links to the organizations offering them. Among these resources is the disaster statistics page of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the National Hurricane Center page and the National Climate Data Center page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the disaster assistance expenditures page of the Congressional Budget Office, the loss data page of the Institute of Business and Home Safety, the Presidential Disaster Declaration site of the Public Entity Risk Institute, the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters database, and the Disaster Center W ebsite of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

FloodSmart.gov [Back to Top]

Information about how to prepare for flood events, the role communities play in protecting their residents and business owners, and how to find a local agent who sells flood insurance. Includes links to the FloodSmart Press Room and to the secure site available just for insurance agents.

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  • The International Hurricane Research Center
    Focuses interdisciplinary resources on mitigating hurricane damage to people, the economy, and natural and development environments (includes links to each of the IHRC's four laboratories-Coastal Research; Social and Behavioral Research; Insurance, Financial, and Economic Research; and Structural Mitigation).

  • The Public Entity Risk Institute
    Provides risk management education and training resources; operates a national risk data exchange to foster development, collection, and analysis of loss data; offers grants and sponsors research to promote innovation in risk management; and operates an Enterprise Investment Program that supports the development of innovative risk management products and services.

  • www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flood
    Offers visitors a range of resources including a Resources page and Teacher's Guide as well as a NOVA program called "Megaflood" which explores how study of the catastrophic flood that struck eastern Washington thousands of years ago has relevance today.

  • NFIP Bureau and Statistical Agent's Training Website
    Offers agent training modules that present information fundamental to servicing flood insurance policies, including topics such as Elevation Certificates, claims processes, Increased Cost of Compliance coverage, writing commercial and condominium policies, the Community Rating System, and marketing.

  • www.naic.org
    Provides a portal for linked sites on a broad range of topics, from flood insurance training to interstate insurance compacts.

  • NFIP Direct Servicing Agent
    Provides more than 20 publications and forms used in servicing NFIP policies.

  • Flood Insurance Manual
    Provides all of the rate and rule information about the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • Community Status Book
    Supplies information about all of the communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

  • National Flood Determination Association
    Promotes the interests and success of members involved in the making, distributing and reselling of flood zone determinations.
Flood Preparedness and Response [Back to Top]
  • The NOAA National Weather Service
    Describes how the NWS provides local and regional forecasts and emergency alerts for severe storms, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, tsunamis, and other weather-related hazards.

  • WaterWatch
    Provides information regarding the conditions of current water resources in the United States.

  • National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Services
    Describes free, accurate forecast products that display the magnitude and uncertainty of occurrence of floods or droughts, from hours to days and months, in advance.

  • Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
    Produces educational materials and programs for consumers and building professionals about the importance of strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disaster.

Mapping [Back to Top]

  • Flood Hazard Mapping
    Provides information about Flood Map Modernization, the Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan, recent map changes, status of requests for Base Flood Elevation changes, and more.

  • Flood Map Modernization
    Explains FEMA's strategy for modernizing Flood Insurance Rate Maps and includes links to the Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan and the Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment documents.

  • FEMA's Map Service Center (MSC)
    Allows visitors to view and order flood maps and related studies directly and download them if they are in digital form.

Floodplain Management and Safe Construction [Back to Top]

  • Association of State Dam Safety Officials
    Sponsors many projects and activities, from providing networking support for the dam safety community, to offering continuing education programs, to making more tools for advancing the safety of dams by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of state dam safety programs available to dam owners.

  • NFIP Floodplain Management
    Offers examples of floodplain management measures, describes the Community Assistance Program, and provides links to other related Federal programs.

  • CRS Resource Center
    Presents all aspects of the Community Rating System (CRS), a program that reduces flood insurance premiums to reflect what a community does above and beyond the NFIP's minimum standards for floodplain regulation. Includes information about applying to become a CRS community.

  • Association of State Floodplain Managers
    Represents the flood hazard specialists of local, state and federal government, the research community, the insurance industry, and the fields of engineering, hydrologic forecasting, emergency response, water resources, and others.

Risk Assessment, Planning, and Grants [Back to Top]

  • NFIP Policy Keyword Index
    Presents an online keyword index to the NFIP insurance policy.

  • The National Academies
    Provides resources from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council to address critical national issues and advise the Federal government and the public.

  • American Planning Association
    Contains flood-related articles and summaries of various publications and other resources, including abstracts from archived Journal of the American Planning Association articles.

  • Hazard Mitigation Planning
    Describes the process States and communities use to identify policies, activities, and tools that can be used to implement mitigation actions.

  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant Program
    Offers an overview of the PDM program, which provides funds to states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities, and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster event. Includes information about how to apply for a PDM grant.
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