November 2017 Flood Map Updates

November 2017 Flood Map Updates

On November 3, 2017, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released revised flood insurance rate maps for select communities in three states: New York, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. The new maps place many homes and buildings in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), also known as a high-risk flood zone. A flood map reflects a geographic […]

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NFIP Reauthorization Watch: Reforms and Your Flood Risk

In September 2017, the president of the United States signed legislation to extend, by three months, the expiration of the nation’s federal flood program, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  In doing so, the program – absent of much needed reforms –  remains intact, authorizes emergency funding for disaster relief, and gives lawmakers additional time […]

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NFIP Reauthorization Watch: A Briefing for Flood Insurance Consumers

The countdown is on for NFIP Reauthorization, the renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program set to expire September 30, 2017. Both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate must pass legislation to continue the federal program. In the coming months, Congress will consider changes, improvements, short-term or long-term renewal. Given the challenges of […]

Multifamily Industry Leaders Weigh in on the National Flood Insurance Program

Earlier this year, United States House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held two hearings to address flood insurance and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including efforts to reform and reauthorize the program before its September 2017 expiration. In written comments submitted to lawmakers and on behalf of the multifamily industry, leaders of […]

Why Reevaluating Your Flood Risk Now is a Bright Idea

If you own, manage, or represent, residential or commercial property in a SFHA (Special Flood Hazard Area, which is a FEMA-designated high-risk flood zone) and subject to mandatory flood insurance, now is an appropriate time to reevaluate your flood risk. In the article, Flood Insurance on the Cusp of Tremendous Change, John Dickson, writing for […]

Commercial Property Owners Face More NFIP Changes – Leaving a High-risk Flood Zone Designation to Chance Will Cost You

In its recently released Bulletin W15016, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) detailed additional changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), effective November 1, 2015. Key program changes include the following: Implementation of a procedure to identify business properties in order to implement the 25-percent annual premium increases on Pre-FIRM subsidized business properties; Reformatting […]

Key Takeaways from FEMA’s Senate Testimony on NFIP Reforms and Small Businesses

Last month, Brad Kieserman, an administrator with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to report on the impact of National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) reforms on small businesses. Regardless of business size, if you own, operate or represent commercial property subject to flood insurance […]