FEMA Announces First Meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council
The US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Sept. 15 the first public meeting of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1, at the USGS auditorium in Reston, VA.The TMAC was established to review and make recommendations to FEMA on matters related to the national flood mapping program authorized under the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 and Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014.
TMAC is tasked with developing recommendations for FEMA’s flood mapping program to ensure that flood insurance rate maps reflect the best available science and are based on the best available methodologies for considering the impact of climate change and future development on flood risk.
They will also be required to produce a Review of the Mapping Program, a Future Conditions Risk Assessment and Modeling Report, and an Annual Report on Activities containing required recommendations.During the meeting, members will elect a council Chair, develop a meeting schedule, organize into subcommittees, identify subject matter experts to support the development of their recommendations, and receive briefings on FEMA’s National Mapping Program
A public comment period will also be held on Sept. 30 from 9:45-10:15 am EDT. Comments should be specifically related to and addressed to TMAC. Speakers will be allotted three minutes to address TMAC during this half-hour public comment period.The public comment period will not exceed 30 minutes. Those interested in speaking during the public comment period must submit their written comments to FEMA-TMAC@fema.dhs.gov by Sept. 22, 2014.Those not attending and who wish to submit written comments on issues to be considered by TMAC can do so via one of the following methods:
· Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
· E-mail: Address the email to FEMA-RULES@fema.dhs.gov and cc: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the docket number FEMA-2014-0022 in the subject line of the message. Include name and contact detail in the body of the email.
· Mail: Regulatory Affairs Division, Office of Chief Counsel, FEMA, 500 C Street SW, Washington, DC 20472-3100.
All submissions received must include the words “Federal Emergency Management Agency” and docket number FEMA-2014-0022. Comments received will be posted without alteration at http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.
For those planning to attend in person and for additional information on facilities or services for individuals with disabilities, or to request special assistance at the meeting, please contact the Designated Federal Officer Mark Crowell by email at FEMA-TMAC@fema.dhs.gov.
According to the press release, FEMA is excited to be a part of TMAC and is looking forward to the expertise and recommendations it will provide. For more information on the TMAC meeting, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/09/15/2014-21929/technical-mapping-advisory-council or www.fema.gov/TMAC.
If you have any questions, please contact FEMA’s Intergovernmental Affairs Division at (202) 646-3444 or at FEMA-IGA@fema.dhs.gov.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.