Comments needed for FEMA’s draft policy on Agriculture Structures in the Floodplain

Dec 13, 2018 | News & Views, What's New

FEMA recently released a draft policy that potentially affects many, if not most, communities. The FEMA draft policy on Floodplain Management Requirements for Agricultural Structures and Accessory Structures is available at:

ASFPM encourages members to review and comment to FEMA by the Jan. 21, 2019 deadline. ASFPM will also submit comments. Please send a copy of your comments to us by Jan. 14 at, so we can summarize and reinforce the concerns and recommendations of our membership.

Humbly yours,
Your Flood Insurance Committee Co-chairs
Bruce A. Bender and Steve Samuelson
Floodplain Regulations Committee Co-chairs
Bill Nechamen and Stacey Ricks

Releases New Residential Tornado Safe Room Doors Fact Sheet

This fact sheet
provides graphics and useful information about selecting adequate door
assemblies for residential safe rooms.

Changes to Coastal Barrier Resources System in CT, MD, NY, RI and VA

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service published a notice in the Federal Register Dec. 18 to announce the availability
of draft revised boundaries for 310 Coastal Barrier Resources System units (256
existing units and 54 proposed new units) located in Connecticut, Maryland, New
York (Long Island), Rhode Island (including a minor portion of a unit that is
located in Westport, Massachusetts) and Virginia for public review and comment.
The proposed boundaries are accessible via the CBRS Projects
Mapper (located on the right side of the page). Additional information
related to the proposed changes and instructions for providing comments and
participating in virtual public meetings are available on the USFWS’s webpage
for the Hurricane Sandy Remapping Project.

The proposed boundaries
were produced through a multi-year effort funded by the Department of the
Interior to comprehensively modernize the maps of the CBRS for nine states most
affected by Hurricane Sandy. The modernization effort will correct mapping errors
affecting property owners, add new qualifying areas to the CBRS, and provide
the public with more accurate and accessible CBRS data and maps. Please review
the draft boundaries and provide input before the deadline April 17, 2019. You
may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

Electronically: Go to Docket
FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0034 on the Federal e–Rulemaking Portal

By hard copy: Submit by
mail or hand–delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No.
FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0034; Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs; U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service; 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: BPHC; Falls Church, VA 22041-3808.

Following the close of the
public comment period, USFWS will make any appropriate changes and then prepare
final recommended maps for congressional consideration. The final recommended
maps will become effective only if they are adopted by Congress through