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Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Policy

The purpose of this policy is to issue Advisory Base Flood Elevations in the implementation of FEMA Assistance.  In light of the devastating hurricane events in the Gulf Coast region, FEMA has gathered and is assessing available flood hazard data for the areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Based on the preliminary assessment, FEMA has determined that the 1% annual chance flood event depicted on the effective or preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps in some locations does not adequately reflect post-storm conditions.

 

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Icon for file of type application/pdfProjects initiated without Environmental Review required by the National Environmental Policy Act

December 18, 2013

This policy provides procedural guidelines for completing environmental reviews as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEP A) in cases where Federal Emergency Management Agency funded projects require initiation or action prior to the completion of the environmental review.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfOther Federal Agency Clearance for Environmental Assessments

December 18, 2013

The FEMA regulations (44 CFR 10.9(c) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regulations (40 CFR Parts. 1500‐1508) have specific requirements for completed environmental assessments (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

This policy is applicable to Environmental and Historic Preservation review under NEPA when an environmental assessment is necessary.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfIssuance and use of Advisory Base Flood Elevations in the implementation of FEMA assistance

December 18, 2013

Activities implemented under FEMA Public Assistance and Mitigation programs must comply with the Advisory Base Flood Elevations, where applicable, to help mitigate future events. In addition, Advisory Base Flood Elevations (ABFEs) will continue to be made available on an advisory basis for use by state and local governments their recovery efforts in general.

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