OAKLAND, Calif. -- Homeowners and business owners in the City and County of Honolulu, Hawaii have one month left to purchase flood insurance at the best possible rates before the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rate maps go into effect.
The new maps, part of FEMA's nationwide Map Modernization initiative, are important tools in the effort to protect lives and properties throughout the City and County of Honolulu. By showing the areas of the community at high risk for flooding, the digital maps will help local officials manage floodplain development more effectively, allowing business and property owners to make informed decisions about protecting their properties. Areas impacted by the map changes include Hawaii Kai, Ala Moana-Kakaako, Ewa Beach and Makaha.
The new digital flood maps for Oahu will become effective on January 19, 2011. Property owners in a special flood hazard area with federally-backed mortgages will be required to purchase flood insurance. Homeowners and business owners who purchase a policy before January 19, 2011, can take advantage of lower flood insurance premiums that could save hundreds of dollars annually.
Residents of the City and County of Honolulu are encouraged to purchase flood insurance at the best rates available. For more information on the new digital maps and flood risks, residents should contact local community floodplain managers or insurance agents. Information can also be found at http://gis.hawaiinfip.org/fhat/, www.fema.gov, or www.floodsmart.gov.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards