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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.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfHigher 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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Icon for file of type application/pdfFreeboard Fact Sheet

Building Higher in Flood Zones: Freeboard – Reduce Your Risk, Reduce Your Premium