Even before Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been working to improve its analysis of flood risk areas. Last week, FEMA released another set of Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for Ocean County, NJ.
"The new maps are extremely important as FEMA, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and Ocean County communities continue to work in partnership to support resilient communities, and to avoid or reduce the loss of life and property, and the financial impacts of flooding," FEMA said in its press release.
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The release of the maps marks the first step in the review process. Then, expected this spring, a 90-day appeal and comment period will begin. Once this period begins, you can appeal the flood insurance rate maps by submitting technical documentation to the local Floodplain Administrators.