Santa Fe, NM -- State and federal officials are contacting communities not currently participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) urging them to join the program prior to the upcoming monsoon season.
Flood Hazard Boundary Maps published by the NFIP have identified the communities as prone to flooding. After the maps were published, the communities were notified and given a timetable to apply, but no action was taken.
Property owners in a non-participating community cannot buy flood insurance and are ineligible for most forms of disaster assistance within the special flood hazard areas.
These non-participating communities can join the flood insurance program by taking three steps. First, local officials must complete an application for participation in the NFIP. Second, the local government must adopt a resolution indicating intent to participate in the flood insurance program. Finally, the governing body must adopt local flood plain management regulations, which place standards on new development and substantially improved existing buildings.
Municipalities previously participating in the NFIP but now considered "suspended" for not complying with certain requirements, will require a site visit before re-entering the program.
Local officials interested in applying for the NFIP should call Jerry Lazzari of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety at (505) 476-9681 or Bart Moore at the FEMA Regional Office in Denton, Texas, at (940) 898-5363.