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Draft version of new United States Federal Flood Risk Management Standard published

Following the issuing of a New Executive Order on Federal Flood Risk Management by the White House, a draft version of the new US Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) has been published. The standard has been welcomed by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, which says that the standard will ultimately help reduce flood losses and taxpayer costs.

“In the last 50 years, we as a nation have learned a lot about floodplain management and flood risk,” ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis said. “The changing nature of flood risk, including increased risks due to sea level rise, demands competent standards that will withstand the test of time and the forces of nature. And we think the FFRMS is a great step in the right direction.”

Two federal coordinating groups that deal with floodplain management issues, the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force and Mitigation Framework Leadership Group (MIT-FLG), have been working on the new standard for the past year.

The draft FFRMS can be viewed as a PDF here.

FEMA is seeking comments and feedback on the new standard: details of how to take part can be found here.

•Date: 4th February 2015 • US •Type: Article • Topic: Emergency planning

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