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Why Communities Need to Adhere to National Flood Insurance Program Criteria
October 23, 2006

BATON ROUGE -- The Louisiana Sea Grant Legal Program has expanded its series of fact sheets to help people affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita navigate Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) programs and related legal issues during the rebuilding process. The latest installment is “How to Help Your Community Keep Its National Flood Insurance Program and Disaster Assistance.”

This one-page guide provides information on the possible consequences for residents of communities that do not enforce floodplain management regulations. It and other program materials are available online at www.lsu.edu/sglegal and www.laseagrant.org. The series seeks to answer questions about the National Flood Insurance Program, flood elevations, rebuilding after a flood and other reconstruction matters.

“Our goal is to keep the public and parish and community decision makers better informed about recov­ery, said Dr. Rod Emmer, associate professor (research) coastal communities. “We must make timely decisions based on the best available information. We cannot afford to jeopardize future assistance for short term gains.”

“The Sea Grant fact sheets have been well received by professionals and the general public,” said Jim Wilkins, Louisiana Sea Grant Legal Program director. “We have been able to help several people get answers to questions they couldn’t resolve through traditional procedures.”

The Louisiana Sea Grant Legal Program endeavors to provide accurate, timely and relevant legal re­search and information on topics affecting the use, conservation and management of Louisiana’s ocean and coastal environment and resources.

Since its establishment in 1968, Louisiana Sea Grant has worked to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone. Louisiana Sea Grant, based at Louisiana State University, is part of the National Sea Grant Program, a network of 32 programs in each of the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states and Puerto Rico.

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