KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Federal Emergency Management officials will conduct three National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) seminars in Iowa this week to promote flood insurance and floodplain management. The seminars will be held in Muscatine, Burlington, and Cedar Falls.
The seminars are co-sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The seminars are designed to help insurance producers, lenders, and realtors better understand the flood insurance program.
"Flooding is the most common type of disaster to which FEMA responds," said Art Freeman, acting director of FEMA's Region VII office in Kansas City. "With that in mind, FEMA continues to reach out to communities to explain the importance and benefits of purchasing and maintaining flood insurance policies."
Freeman noted that recent flooding across the country further supports the fact that flooding can occur at any time, and individuals, businesses and communities should protect themselves by purchasing flood insurance.
The dates and locations for the seminars are:
|July 25||Muscatine||Muscatine River Front Pearl City Station|
|July 26||Burlington||Southeastern Community College|
Building 100, Room 121
|July 27||Cedar Falls||Hawkeye Community College|
Center for Business and Industry
5330 Nordic Drive
The seminars run from 8 a.m. to noon, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The session will focus on basic flood insurance requirements. National Flood Insurance Program Region VII Staff will conduct the sessions. There is a $25 registration fee per person and pre-registration is advised. To obtain additional information regarding these seminars, call National Flood Insurance Program at (913) 780-4238 or send an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It is important that we provide as much assistance as possible to local officials, lenders, agents and realtors regarding the National Flood Insurance Program," Freeman said. "Having businesses and individuals covered by flood insurance means less financial risk for them in the event of a flood. Increased flood insurance coverage in flood-prone areas also means fewer tax dollars are likely to be spent on future flood-related disasters."
The NFIP, administered by FEMA, makes federally backed-flood insurance available in communities that adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damages. Currently, more than 4 million NFIP policies, representing more than $460 billion in coverage, are in force in more than 19,000 participating communities. Flood insurance can be purchased from any licensed property insurance agent.