Public Comment Period on the National Flood Insurance Program’s Minimum Floodplain Management Standards
FEMA has published a Request for Information notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the National Flood Insurance Program’s minimum floodplain standards. The notice also requests comments on how the program could better promote the conservation of threatened and endangered species and their habitats consistent with the Endangered Species Act.
Date: October 12, 2021 - December 13, 2021
Time: 12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
Submit Your Comments
FEMA posted in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI) that contains a list of questions about the National Flood Insurance Program’s minimum floodplain management standards. This notice also requests comments on how the National Flood Insurance Program could better promote the conservation of threatened and endangered species and their habitats consistent with the Endangered Species Act in its floodplain management standards.
Responses to the included questions will assist FEMA as it considers potential actions and changes as part of the agency’s regular review of programs, regulations, and policies.
Please follow the instructions on the webpage and contact the Regulations.gov Help Desk if you have technical issues.
Public Meeting Schedule
In addition to written comments, FEMA will host two 90-minute virtual public meeting to collect verbal comments from the public, including private sector, government and non-government entities.
The purpose of the Request for Information is to help FEMA obtain public input on:
- How to align the minimum floodplain management standards with current understanding of flood risk and risk reduction approaches
- Potential improvements to the standards that would help communities become safer, stronger, and more resilient
- How the National Flood Insurance Program can better promote protection of and minimize any adverse impact to listed species and critical habitat
In addition, FEMA will provide:
- An opportunity for public meeting attendees to provide verbal feedback
- Remind attendees that exploratory questions are included in the corresponding Federal Register Notice
- Information about how to access the Federal Register Notice Request for Information and submit written comments.
Each public meeting is open to the public and will cover the same content. Participants must register in advance and will be confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- The first public meeting will be held from 2:30 – 4 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Nov. 4. Visit this webpage to register.
- The second public meeting will be held from 3:30 – 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, Nov. 15. Visit this webpage to register.
Participants will be emailed an unique URL link to join the public meeting once their registration is confirmed. Participant links should not be shared with others.
During registration, a participant may indicate a desire to provide verbal comment for the record during a public meeting.
Verbal comments from registered attendees will be limited to 3 minutes and become part of the official record. If you have trouble connecting to the Webex link, you may dial in by phone. However, due to technical limitations, you may not be able to speak if joining by phone.
The content is the same for each session. Public meeting participation is limited to 1,000 attendees. A transcript of each session will be available at a later date.
In addition to providing verbal comments at the public meetings, any interested person can submit written comments to the Federal Register notice. Written comments can be submitted until Dec. 13, 2021.
FEMA will use your registration information for this event only. Your information will not be shared with any third-parties.
Floods are the most common and most destructive natural disaster in the United States. Every year, flooding causes loss of life and hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to homes and businesses around the United States. Standard homeowners and commercial property insurance policies do not cover flood losses.
To meet the need for this vital coverage, FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is a voluntary program offering flood insurance to all properties in communities that comply with minimum standards for floodplain management. To be eligible for an NFIP flood insurance policy, a property must first be in a community that participates in the program.
To qualify for the National Flood Insurance Program, a community adopts and enforces a floodplain management ordinance to regulate development in the floodplain. The objective of the ordinance is to minimize the potential for flood damage to development. Today, over 22,500 communities in the throughout the nation participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
This notice is to identify opportunities to adapt the program’s minimum floodplain management standards to help communities become safer, stronger, and more resilient. The notice also requests comments on how the National Flood Insurance Program could better promote the conservation of threatened and endangered species and their habitats consistent with the Endangered Species Act.
FEMA is seeking input on ways the agency can:
1) improve the program’s minimum floodplain standards to better align with current understanding of flood risk and risk reduction approaches, and
2) better conserve federally listed species and their habitats.