Author(s): Jo Linda Johnson, Esq. FEMA’s Office of Equal Rights Director Jo Linda Johnson, shares more about the importance of FEMA's upcoming Civil Rights Stakeholder Summits. While disasters can affect us all, they can also create unique challenges to the individuals they impact. FEMA has seen firsthand how disasters affect communities differently. When working to... Continue Reading →
According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, there is an ongoing La Nina event in the Pacific. This La Nina event is expected to persist through the spring of 2021. The consensus of climate models is projecting large scale wetter than average conditions over the Hawaiian Islands region from December 2020 through April 2021.
"Is your property going to see a change in flood risk?" A Letter of Final Determination (LFD) was issued by FEMA on August 26, 2020 indicating that new flood hazard determinations affecting Kauai County’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report will become effective in 6 months. Updated flood studies for Hanapepe and Waimea... Continue Reading →
Representatives from the City and County Honolulu (City) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) signed a Charter that signals a next step to reduce flood risk along 22 streams on O‘ahu. Detailed flood hazard studies have been initiated by FEMA under their Risk MAP program. These rigorous studies are being developed under contract and... Continue Reading →
Premium Changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) outlined in the attached FEMA Write Your Own (WYO) Bulletin dated October 1, 2020.
Wildfires leave the ground unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flooding. Burned vegetation and charred soil form a water-repellent layer blocking water absorption for years.
With an impending lapse of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) fast approaching at the close of FY20 fiscal year, the House of Representatives voted to extend the NFIP until the end of FY21 as part of a measure to provide continuous funding to the federal government until December 11, 2020. H.R.8337 will still need... Continue Reading →
While 2020 may feel very different for most, disasters can and continue to happen. In a recent podcast Paul Huang, FEMA Assistant Administrator, discusses how purchasing flood insurance is one easy way homeowners and renters can prepare for the future. The National Flood Insurance Program website has numerous resources for property owners, insurance agents and... Continue Reading →
Learn about data updates from the Federal, State & Counties. There will be presentations on new data collection methods, virtual reality simulations, and new software tools! Participate in polls, trivia contests and get to know the HIGICC board.