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FEMA's Intent to Implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard
Tuesday, November 17, 2015

FEMA's Intent to Implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration announced Nov. 17 the release of FEMA's Leadership Intent to implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard. The Intent describes the framework FEMA is proposing to implement for Executive Order 13690 and the FFRMS.

On Jan. 30, the President issued EO 13690, establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input, which amended EO 11988 and established the FFRMS. Copies of EO 13690 and the FFRMS can be found at www.fema.gov/federal-flood-risk-management-standard-ffrms.

EO 13690 provides federal agencies flexibility to choose from one or more approaches to identify an elevation requirement above the base flood elevation. Additionally, EO 13690 amended EO 11988 to set forth a higher level of resilience for activities where even a slight chance of flooding is too great. The Intent outlines FEMA's approach to standardize its use of the multiple elevation requirements above the base flood elevation.

Continuing a commitment to an open, collaborative, stakeholder-focused process in implementing the FFRMS, FEMA is sharing this framework for public comment on its website. Public comments received will continue to inform the regulatory and policy development process.

For more information, visit www.fema.gov/federal-flood-risk-management-standard-ffrms or send comments to FEMA-EO11988-13690@fema.dhs.gov






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