The bill includes three points:
1 — If passed, it would place a moratorium on the implementation of the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) until “all affected communities are individually briefed,” allowing residents to investigate the FIRM process.
2 — Also, it would provide tax credits to affected residents for the first five years after a new flood zone is revised to include their house.
3 — Thirdly, it would create a new program through FEMA that would provide grants to local communities. The grants would allow a municipality to develop projects that could improve its rating through FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS).
I will follow its progress as closely as possible, considering Washington, D.C., is not exactly an easy drive.
Look for more on the bill and municipality’s feedback in the upcoming issue of The Courier.