FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: New York Floodplain Management Team Advances Progress through Education and Collaboration   [open pdf - 72KB]

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. "The FEMA Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." This Best Practice Story is about storm mitigation efforts in New York. "While education is an essential element of community floodplain management activities, so is relationship building. The unwavering commitment of the FEMA Region II's Sandy-focused Floodplain Management and Insurance (FMI) team gave a big boost to ten Long Island communities struggling to comply with National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) standards after Hurricane Sandy. To help build solid relationships and increase stakeholder knowledge and confidence, FMI team members Justin Barnes and Jacqueline Chapman took on the mission of providing targeted customer support to ten storm-damaged communities striving to meet NFIP standards. […] They supplied local officials with information, tools and mentoring to help align their floodplain management programs with NFIP standards. The team provided technical assistance through community visits and biweekly follow-ups, increasing collaboration between FEMA staff and community stakeholders."

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