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By: Adam Hoffman

August 3rd, 2017

FEMA Elevation Certificates: Get When Buying Flood Insurance

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance

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By: Bill Nagle

June 25th, 2015

Hurricane Sandy National Flood Insurance Program Claims Review

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act

The National Flood Insurance Program has begun a review of claims filed by policyholders affected by Hurricane Sandy. The review is part of a broad process to reform the claims and appeals procedures.

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By: Bill Nagle

February 6th, 2015

Executive Order affecting floodplain development issued January 31, 2015

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance | LOMA | BFE | flood zone mapping | floodplain | Barack Obama

An Executive Order has been issued that is very important information for anyone working in the Special Flood Hazard Area. It takes future conditions into account and requires Design Elevations for lowest floors to be 2 feet above BFE for standard construction and 3 feet above BFE for critical facilities, or construction to the 500 year / 0.2%. Implementation of this new standard will not occur until the end of the 60-day public input period and agencies have been able to update their standards and regulations, which will also trigger public comment periods.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

June 6th, 2014

Elevation Certificates and the Climate Data Initiative

storm prevention planning | FEMA | floodplain | Elevation Certificates CT | Sustainable Engineering

A Huffington Post article recently featured in the Connecticut Association of Land Surveyor's (CALS) weekly newsletter captured the importance of a push for climate change preparedness in Washington called the climate data initiative. The initiative will make public useful and pertinant information in regards to climate change, compiling it at Climate.Data.gov. The aim of the initiative is to make information regarding climate change more available to foster private-sector action on climate change preparedness. According to the Obama Administration, "the climate change initiative will help create easy-to-use tools for regional planners, farmers, hospitals, and businesses across the country -- and empower America’s communities to prepare themselves for the future."

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By: Bill Nagle

March 17th, 2014

President Obama Will Sign Flood Insurance Relief Bill

FEMA | flood insurance | National Flood Insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act | BFE | flood zone mapping | Elevation Certificates CT

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases in their insurance bills. 

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By: Peter Grunawalt

March 6th, 2014

Congress Votes to Block Flood Insurance Premium Hikes

FEMA | ct property flooding | flood insurance | National Flood Insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act | flood zone mapping | Elevation Certificates CT

 This past Tuesday, the House voted overwhelmingly to pass a bill that would largley repeal Biggert-Waters, a bill which saught to balance FEMA's enormos debt by expanding flood insurance risk pools and increasing premiums. The new bill, called the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, limits premium increases from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to 18% a year. The new bill makes several key changes that homeowners should immediately feel, in addition to the limit on premium increases.   

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By: Bill Nagle

February 20th, 2014

No Surprise!! Fighting FEMA's Flood Maps is Not Cheap.

FEMA | flood insurance | LOMA | BFE | flood zone mapping | Elevation Certificates CT

  For Average Joes, Fighting FEMA Flood Maps Isn't Easy or Cheap

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By: Bill Nagle

February 11th, 2014

Private Flood Insurance Agency Now Selling in 15 States

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | ct flood prevention | flood insurance | LOMA | National Flood Insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act | BFE | flood zone mapping

Florida agency selling private flood insurance said it is now selling the coverage in 15 states and making it available to commercial risks and apartment buildings.

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By: Bill Nagle

February 5th, 2014

Key House Republicans Oppose Delaying Flood Insurance Increases

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | flood insurance | LOMA | National Flood Insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act | BFE | flood zone mapping

The effort to delay huge increases in insurance premiums for homeowners in flood-prone areas faces a skeptical House chairman who is largely standing behind the changes Congress oversaw in the nation’s flood insurance program less than two years ago.

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By: Peter Grunawalt

February 4th, 2014

Senate Passes Bill to Delay Flood Insurance Hikes

Elevation Certificates CT | FEMA | ct property flooding | ct flood prevention | flood insurance | LOMA | National Flood Insurance | Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act | BFE | flood zone mapping

In a vote on January 30th, 2014, the senate passed a bill that will delay flood insurance hikes for at least four years.

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