May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, an event that commemorates the tragic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. On May 31, 1889, the worst dam failure in the history of the United States occurred and resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and left thousands homeless. Most recently... Continue Reading →
With hurricane season fast approaching, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its National Flood Insurance Program advise Hawaii residents to prepare now for hurricane-related storms and flooding.
FEMA’s long-awaited Risk Rating 2.0 rollout is now underway as the agency announced April 1 that NFIP flood insurance policyholders will see a new system calculate their premiums. FEMA should be releasing more details in the coming days on its Risk Rating 2.0 webpage, and ASFPM will pass along any noteworthy information to our stakeholders.
FEMA Region 9 in partnership with Hawaii DLNR will be hosting virtual training sessions to discuss floodplain management principles, the NFIP, and Hawaii standards. Tools for Determining Base Flood Elevation (BFE), Letters of Map Change (LOMC) Basics, FEMA Map Service Center. Friday, December 11th – 9am (2 hrs) Register Here Training on methods for determining... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →
“Where it can rain, it can flood,” says David Maurstad, senior executive of the NFIP. “One of the most important steps homeowners can take during the start of this year’s hurricane season is to renew or purchase flood insurance. With it, you have the peace of mind that comes with knowing you and your home can, and will, recover in the event of an unexpected flood.”
June 1, 2020 marks the official start of hurricane season in the Central Pacific. Flooding can happen to anyone. Now would be a good time to send a message to your clients on the importance of purchasing flood insurance to help protect their home and belongings. As an agent, a question to ask your clients... Continue Reading →
The grace period for National Flood Insurance Premiums (NFIP) has been extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see FEMA's WYO bulletin (W-20002) for details.
Serena Cheung is a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) team member of the Mitigation Division’s Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch at FEMA Region IX in Oakland, CA. As a Floodplain Management Specialist, she works to support communities participating in the NFIP in order to reduce flood risk and future flood damages. Her territory assignment includes... Continue Reading →