FEMAThe Federal Emergency Management Agency, more commonly known as FEMA, is a disaster relief agency of the Federal Government run through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It has almost 4000 employees down in Washington DV and ten other regional offices in across the US. When there is a disaster, FEMA partners with state and local emergency management agencies, 27 federal agencies and the American Red Cross.

FEMA’s Mission Statement: To support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

NFIP: One of FEMA’s many grants and assistance programs. The National Flood Insurance Program allows property owners to purchase insurance against losses due to floods. It operates states which implement community floodplain management regulations to reduce future flood damages

FIRM’s: These are official maps of a community where FEMA has defined special hazard areas and includes the risk premium zones for that community. Flood Insurance Rate Maps can make FIRMette or fullscale, can be made by visiting the FEMA website including definitions of FEMA flood zone designations.


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