Report: Flood-prone properties need better tracking by FEMA

However, the report notes that this form isn’t clear that its purpose is to remove such properties, and the Inspector General’s office found state and local officials were confused by it. On top of this, there’s not a specific division or official who oversees the list of properties in FEMA.

There were three recommendations that FEMA agreed to. These include creating a plan to strengthen FEMA’s management of these properties to ensure accuracy. It should also assign specific roles and responsibilities to manage these properties.

The report also recommended speeding up distribution of flood mitigation funding. It can take years for FEMA to award grants for properties that apply, and in the meantime, those properties can flood again. FEMA should also conduct more outreach to communities with large numbers of these properties to get them to participate in flood mitigation assistance programs, according to the report.

Finally, the report recommended promoting communities use of the increased cost of compliance repetitive loss program.

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