Flood Mitigation Committee
Despite billions of dollars spent to "control" floods or reduce risk, statistics show that each decade since 1900 has witnessed more flood losses than the previous decade. In addition, other large-scale factors like demographic shifts toward the nation's coasts and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina hint that this pattern is likely to continue. Mitigation stands out as one of the best options that the nation has to combat rising flood losses, and studies have shown that hazard mitigation, overall, is highly cost-effective. Mitigation frequently presents "win-win" situations by breaking the cycle of repetitive flood loss while also complementing other floodplain management objectives. However, successful mitigation is often not well understood because few people notice when a disaster does not happen. In the past, Congress has questioned the effectiveness of mitigation and whether to reauthorize funding. The Flood Mitigation Committee is committed to pursuing wise national mitigation policies with the assistance of its "Core Group" of active membership, as well as through its liaisons with state hazard mitigation officers and other organizations with flood mitigation interests.
2016-2017 Work Plan (FY17)
2015-2016 Status Report (2016)
2015-2016 Work Plan
2014-2015 Status Report (2015)
2014-2015 Work Plan
2013-2014 Status Report
2013-2014 Work Plan
2012-2013 Status Report
2012-2013 Work Plan
2011-2012 Status Report
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2009-2010 Work Plan
2009-2010 Status Report
Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk to Natural Hazards
Quick Guide for Floodplain Management
Additional ASFPM Mitigation Pages
ASFPM Mitigation Information/Documents
ASFPM National Policy Mitigation Page
Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) letters to property owners or communities
FEMA now has rules in place for implementing the SRL program that was authorized by Congress. While FEMA was going to send letters to all SRL properties informing them of the opportunity to access this program, something in the program precluded them from doing that.
Many states, especially those with SRL properties, are anxious to get information out so the process of mitigating those properties can get underway. The letter would point out the opportunity and potential consequences. Some states have sent letters out from the state offices, covering the needed information.
If your state is interested in sending a letter out regarding the SRL program, here is the link to letters sent from Illinois, Kentucky and Florida. You will note the Illinois letter was sent to all SRL property owners, whereas the KY an FL letters were sent to the communities with SRL properties.
We hope this information is useful to you in addressing the SRL properties in your state.
Florida Severe Repetitive Loss Letter
Illinois Severe Repetitive Loss Letter
Kentucky Severe Repetitive Loss Letter
Kentucky Severe Repetitive Loss Application
ASFPM Comments on Docket ID FEMA-2006-0035 - Proposed Fixed Management Cost Rate for HMGP (11/07)
ASFPM White Papers
Demo-Rebuild White Paper (9/06)
Pre-Disaster Mitigation White Paper (3/06)