Washington Report

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FEMA Holds Flood Standard Hearings

The White House recently issued an Executive Order 13690: "Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input."  This Executive Order (EO) requires that any new construction or development in, and affecting floodplains funded by the federal government, will be required to meet the level of resilience established in the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS).

To obtain public input on the FFRMS, FEMA has announced several listening sessions on implementation of the standards.  These sessions provide the opportunity to listen, ask questions, and provide feedback on how federal agencies implement the Standard.

Sessions will be held: March 3 in Ames, IA; March 5 in Biloxi, Mississippi; March 11 in Mather, CA; and March 11 in Norfolk, VA.

Please contact Russell Riggs, NAR staff in Washington, DC, if you would like to attend and/or participate in any of these sessions.

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