Preparedness for Hurricane Season
While Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st, most tropical storm systems that have impacted New England have struck during the months of August and September. That’s why July is a great time to prepare before a storm approaches.
Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, and Hurricane Arthur in 2014 are powerful reminders that Massachusetts residents and visitors must prepare for the next hurricane. MEMA encourages everyone to 1) Know Your Evacuation Zone; 2) Know Your Risk; 3) Be Prepared; and 4) Stay Informed.
FEMA’s Approach to Coastal Flood Mapping & Flood Insurance Reform Legislation
There have been many recent questions from states, communities and the general public related to the methodologies and science that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to produce updated coastal flood insurance rate maps in New England. In response to these questions, FEMA recently developed the Fact Sheet - FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping Methodology to more clearly explain the methodology and details that go into FEMA’s analyses used to develop updated maps. The results of the FEMA analyses are intended to inform the development of more accurate maps and risk assessment tools for coastal areas, especially those that have high populations and dense development. These updated flood insurance rate maps developed for coastal communities ultimately drive requirements to have and maintain flood insurance, determine flood insurance premiums and the requirements for new and improved buildings.
In addition to the on-going flood mapping update projects in Massachusetts and across New England, there have also been recent legislative changes that impact how FEMA administers and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Many of these legislative changes were included in the ‘Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’, which was enacted in 2012. On March 21, 2014 the President signed the ‘Homeowner Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2014’ which modified certain provisions of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, and makes additional program changes to other portions of the NFIP program. FEMA has published a Fact Sheet - Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 that provides an overview of some of these changes. Additional information on FEMA flood insurance reform can also be found here (http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform) as FEMA actively works to implement the new law.
- 2014 HURRICANE SEASON PREPAREDNESS
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available in Massachusetts Following Secretary of Agriculture Disaster Declaration
- SWIMMERS URGED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS DUE TO POSSIBLE RIPTIDES
- Deadline to Apply for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans in Massachusetts is Fast Approaching
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Publications & Reports
- MEMA Monthly Reports
- 2014 Pilgrim Nuclear Calendar file size 11MB
- 2014 Seabrook Nuclear Calendar file size 7MB
- 2014 Vermont Yankee Nuclear Calendar file size 3MB
- MEMA Strategic Plan May 2013 file size 5MB
- Massachusetts Statewide Mass Care Shelter Coordination Plan
- MA Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Coastal Hazards file size 13MB
- Cape Cod Emergency Traffic Plan
- MEMA CERT Best Practices Guide file size 2MB
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