Tag: FEMA

FAA Bill Includes Key Housing Affordability Provisions

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on September 28, 2018 3 Comments
FAA Bill Includes Key Housing Affordability Provisions

The House has passed a five-year FAA reauthorization bill that contains a key provision championed by NAHB that will delay a major building and affordability barrier that would have started in the Pacific Northwest and quickly spread throughout the country.

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FloodSmart.gov is Back in Business

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Disaster Response by on May 21, 2018 0 Comments
FloodSmart.gov is Back in Business

For many years, FloodSmart.gov was a resource for residents, business owners, floodplain managers and others interested learning more about the National Flood Insurance Program. But FEMA was forced to deactivate it shortly after the site experienced security issues in late 2016. Now, it’s back — and even better than the original.

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FEMA Unveils Explanatory NFIP Videos

FEMA Unveils Explanatory NFIP Videos

FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security have released a series of videos to explain the changes to the National Flood Insurance program announced last month.

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Budget Accord May Affect Rebuilding Efforts

Filed in Capitol Hill, Codes and Regulations by on February 15, 2018 0 Comments
Budget Accord May Affect Rebuilding Efforts

The two-year budget accord signed by President Trump earlier this month contains provisions from a House of Representatives disaster relief bill (H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act) designed for states hit hard by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017. However, the details on how these provisions will work are still in flux.

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Updated Manual to Clarify Flood Insurance Incentive Program

Filed in Codes and Regulations by on November 14, 2016 0 Comments

FEMA will soon release an updated CRS Coordinator’s Manual, the guidebook for the Community Rating System, an optional component of the National Flood Insurance Program that offers incentives to communities that do more than the minimum requirements to help citizens prevent or reduce flood losses.

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FEMA Provides Early Notice for 2017 Program Changes

Filed in Business Management, Capitol Hill, Environmental by on November 11, 2016 0 Comments
FEMA Provides Early Notice for 2017 Program Changes

The insurance rate increase is part of the next round of changes to the National Flood Insurance Program that take effect April 1, 2017. These changes will further implement the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 and the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012.

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Proposal Will Affect FEMA-Funded Construction Beyond 100-Year Floodplain

Proposal Will Affect FEMA-Funded Construction Beyond 100-Year Floodplain

FEMA has proposed a rule that will require anyone using federal funds for new construction or to substantially improve existing structures to build two to three feet higher than the 100-year floodplain.

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Changes to Flood Insurance Rates Effective April 1

Changes to Flood Insurance Rates Effective April 1

A wide range of builders, developers, businesses, home owners and insurance agents operating in areas covered by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be impacted.

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FEMA ‘Disaster Deductible’ Needs Work, NAHB Says

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Home Building by on March 31, 2016 0 Comments

NAHB is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconsider whether requiring stricter building codes is an effective way to meet a “disaster deductible” that has been proposed as a requirement that states and localities must meet before being eligible to apply for federal disaster relief assistance.

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Obama Calls for ‘Earthquake Resiliency’

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Design by on February 11, 2016 0 Comments
Obama Calls for ‘Earthquake Resiliency’

On Feb. 2, President Obama signed Executive Order 13717 “Establishing a Federal Earthquake Risk Standard.” It updates an earlier document in an effort to improve the nation’s resilience to seismic activity — and could change the way builders and developers operate in earthquake-prone areas.

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