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Levee Outreach Toolkit (4)

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A comprehensive toolkit designed to be adapted and used by communities to address the impact of a levee status change.
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July 26, 2013
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  • Factsheet: What is a Levee?

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    FEMA defines a levee as a man-made structure that helps contain or control the flow of water during a flood. This fact sheet defines levee components, discusses the ownership and operation of the Nation’s levees, and what home and business owners can do to prepare for a flood. It is important to understand that levees reduce the risk of flooding, but do not eliminate the risk.

  • Levees and Flood Insurance: When Risks and Requirements Change

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    For the past several years, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has requested data and documentation from the levee system owners or communities who are responsible for maintaining levee systems. The data are used to determine the flood protection and risk-reduction capabilities of these systems. Where the levee system met the appropriate criteria and the owners entered into an agreement with FEMA owners of levee systems that were previously accredited have been given an additional 24 months to gather and submit the required data and documentation. FEMA shows the system as a Provisionally Accredited Levee (PAL). If the required documentation is not provided, upon expiration of the PAL period, FEMA must initiate a map revision to show the levee as de-accredited. This fact sheet gives an overview of the PAL expiration process and provides information for residents in communities where a PAL agreement is expected to expire.
  • Living with Levees: A Shared Responsibility - Factsheet for Insurance Professionals

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    It is important for homeowners and insurance professionals to know levees do not eliminate the risk of flooding, but reduce the risk. This fact sheet provides basic levee information, explains FEMA’s role in identifying levee-related flood risks and details proactive measures that homeowners can take to help reduce their risk. Flooding causes more damage annually than any other form of natural disaster, but is not covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies. Insurance agents can help clients prevent financial disaster by recommending flood insurance coverage.

  • Living with Levees: A Shared Responsibiity - Information for Lending Professionals

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    It is important for homeowners and lending professionals to know levees do not eliminate the risk of flooding, but reduce the risk. This fact sheet provides basic levee information, explains FEMA’s role in identifying levee-related flood risks and details proactive measures homeowners can take to help reduce their risk. Living and working behind levees is a shared responsibility and local lending professionals have an important role as they make critical decisions daily about how to best protect their loan portfolios.

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