ATLANTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted $7.584 million to the state of North Carolina Division of Emergency Management in support of its floodplain mapping program.
These funds will improve North Carolina flood maps by creating a more reliable, easier-to-use and readily available digital product. Modernized maps will more closely track actual risk and assist new development and rebuilding efforts.
"These funds will support state partners in creating flood maps that more accurately reflect recent development and natural changes in the environment, "said acting FEMA Region IV Director Mary Lynn Miller. "The new maps will make communities safer and protect property from the risk of flood loss for years to come."
With this grant the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program will produce Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) for the counties of: Caldwell, Forsyth, Surry, Gates, & Hertford. Additionally, the mapping studies will include a portion of the counties of Wilkes, Avery, Watauga, Bertie, Chowan, & Northampton.
To learn more about flood hazard mapping, the Cooperating Technical Partner Initiative and DFIRMs, visit: www.fema.gov or to download FEMA's Guidelines and Specifications for Flood hazard Mapping Partners, visit: www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program-flood-hazard-mapping/guidelines-specifications-flood-hazard-mapping.
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages the federal response and recovery efforts following an incident of national significance. FEMA also initiates mitigation activates, trains first responders, works with state and local emergency managers, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.