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ASFPM supports the two proposed changes to the Code of Federal Regulations regarding publication requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The first proposal changes the requirement that community loss of eligibility notices must be published in the
In the past, communities have been listed in the
In most cases, communities are working in good faith to adopt the new maps. Being shown as "eligible for suspension" creates anxiety at best and at worst, results in some people erroneously losing flood insurance eligibility. The Federal register is also not an easily usable information source for the average citizens to access as a reference for the status of community NFIP status.
It is also critical that the new process assures that State NFIP Offices and local communities be promptly notified when a community faces possible suspension or probation. Timely notification can allow the State NFIP Coordinator time work with the at risk community to avoid the pending action.
The proposal to use the Community Status Book for the potential loss of eligibility information makes sense. Another platform will need to be developed for the listing of communities eligible to participate in the NFIP. Whatever form that takes should be tied back to the community status book so that an unsuccessful search for a community in the Community Status Book would refer the user to the list of eligible communities.
It will be important for
The changes should also be reflected in their printed and online educational and outreach materials. It will also be important to remember that not everyone is comfortable finding information in an online platform and accommodations will need to be made for those that cannot access information online.
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The proposed rule can be viewed at: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FEMA-2019-0016-0001
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