Higher Floodplain Management Standards: A Valuable Element in Community Planning
Freeboard is a term used by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to describe a factor of safety usually expressed in feet above the 1-percent-annual-chance flood level. The NFIP requires the lowest floor of structures built in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) to be at or above the BFE, so a structure built with freeboard would have its lowest floor 1 foot or more above the BFE. Adding freeboard will reduce NFIP insurance premiums.
|Higher Floodplain Management Standards|
By working with elected and appointed officials to include higher standards for floodplain management in plans and ordinances, community planners help build communities that can recover more quickly after a flood, optimize the balance between the built environment and open space, and provide safer, more resilient places to work and live.
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Building Higher in Flood Zones: Freeboard – Reduce Your Risk, Reduce Your Premium