Columbia, Mo. (October 5, 2009)-
What: On Tuesday, October 13, Boone County officials and city officials, and representatives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) will meet to discuss preliminary results of a local Federal Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM). Details of floodplain management and the official appeals process will be discussed. People attending the meeting will have the opportunity to discuss changes in the preliminary flood insurance study and flood insurance rate maps. Representatives of civic organizations, lending institutions and insurance companies, and owners of real property are encouraged to attend.
When: Tuesday, October 13 at 1 p.m.
Where: County Commission Chambers, Roger B. Wilson Government Center, 801 E. Walnut, Columbia, Mo., 65201
Why: FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Once a flood prone community enters the insurance program, individual property owners are able to take advantage of a federally subsidized insurance rate in order to protect themselves from loss by flooding. The purchase of flood insurance is required as a condition of obtaining any direct or indirect Federal financial assistance for the construction or acquisition of buildings in the identified special flood hazard areas of communities where flood insurance is available.