FEMA’s 2016 preliminary FIRMs may change your property’s flood risk which could affect your flood insurance rates and purchase requirements once these new FIRMs become effective. Building and construction requirements for your property could be affected as well. Be involved in the mapping process so that you understand the changes and how you may be impacted.
After the FIRMs are finalized…
Take measures to protect yourself from future flooding, such as:
Protecting your home from flooding doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Here are examples of some simple changes that can make a big difference:
Remember, before making changes to your property, contact your municipal officials to make sure you understand any building and permitting requirements that will apply. They can also provide information about federal and state grants and funding which may be available to help you too.