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Federal Issue: FIRM Act
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Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization (FIRM) Act

Flood maps identify areas at greatest risk of flooding and provide the foundation for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). On September 30, 2010, President Obama signed the National Flood Insurance Program Reextension Act of 2010 (Public Law 111-250), extending the NFIP until September 30, 2011.

Geospatial information is central to all aspects of flood insurance risk assessment and emergency management (preparedness, prevention, protection, detection, response, recovery). Imagery, map data and other geospatial assets are of most critical value in emergency response during the initial hours and days immediately before and following a hurricane, flood or other disaster. When overlayed on accurate existing data, such as the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps, imagery acquired immediately after an event can be an effective, efficient and life-saving tool. Hurricane Katrina also exposed the jeopardy levees face from breaching or topping-out, creating another natural catastrophe. Levees significantly complicate the process of proper identification and quantification of flood hazard risks and they should remain a map funding priority under FEMA.


Flood Insurance Mapping Reform
"To Improve National Flood Mapping"

MAPPS Executive Director John Palatiello addressed the House Committee on Financial Services during a roundtable discussion on FEMA/NFIP Mapping Policy January 7, 2016.


Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
(R-MO) and John Palatiello

MAPPS presentation to SmarterSafer on NFIP & 3DEP (11-3-2015)
Flood Insurance Mapping Reform (FIRM) Act Issue Paper (2011)