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EBC RI Chapter Program: Update on Recent FEMA National Flood Insurance Program Changes

April 11, 2014 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm
In the last several years, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has undergone significant changes.  In an effort to put the program on more financially secure footing, in July 2012 the Flood Insurance Reform Act (Biggert-Waters Act, BW12), which requires the NFIP to set premiums that reflect true flood risk, was signed into law with broad bi-partisan support.  In reaction to public outcry, both the House and the Senate have since passed bills to reduce or delay the reforms outlined BW12.  In addition, last year’s Omnibus Spending Bill did delay FEMA’s ability to implement parts of BW12 , including the ability to use updated flood risk maps to prepare for rate increases, for at least a year.
In parallel with the regulatory changes, flood maps are in the process of being updated country-wide. The map updates include significant changes to the engineering analyses, specifically the approaches for coastal areas, used to map flood zones. In New England many of these new maps have already been released and the updated approaches used for generating them have caused significant changes in the extents of flood zones in some areas.
In this EBC program, Jessica Stimson, the RI Floodplain Mapping Coordinator will provide an update on the status of remapping efforts in Rhode Island, explain the recent and proposed regulatory changes, and summarize ongoing flood mitigation efforts along Rhode Island’s south shore.  Grover Fugate, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, will then discuss the implications of the new maps in southern Rhode Island.  Finally, Dr. Malcolm Spaulding, Professor Emeritus of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island, will detail the flood plain mapping methodology.
Continuing Education Certificates are awarded by the EBC for this program (3.5 training contact hours). Please select this option during registration if you wish to receive a certificate.
Program Chair and Moderator
  Kelly Knee
Director – Coastal Hazards, RPS ASA

  • Jessica Stimson, Floodplain Mapping Coordinator, Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency
  • Grover Fugate, Executive Director, Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC)
  • Dr. Malcolm Spaulding, Professor Emeritus, Ocean Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Draft Agenda