I just heard from Rep. Frank Pallone's office that the congressman introduced his legislation regarding the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) last night.
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'm very glad Pallone finally got this bill on the table. Andrew Souvall, communications and policy director, told me the office has already begun rallying support for the bill.
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.