On January 30, 2015, President Obama signed Executive Order 13690: Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input
requiring federal agencies to take the appropriate actions to reduce risk to federal investments, specifically to “update their flood-risk reduction standards.” The Executive Order was released with Draft Implementing Guidelines and a document describing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS) in more detail. View the Executive Order, Draft Implementing Guidelines, FFRMS, and email address for comments
The Draft Implementing Guidelines are currently subject to a public comment period until April 6th. Draft Implementing Guidelines guide Federal agencies in executing the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, which they will do through agency-specific guidelines and procedures. Comments may be submitted through the page linked above. FEMA, through a collection of agencies with authorities and programs designed to mitigate the impacts of disasters on communities, will host listening sessions to ensure input is gathered on the Implementation of the Standard. Listening session locations and times will be announced in the near future and will be held in locations across the country. The website above will be updated with listening session locations and times, as details are announced. Here are the initial dates and locations:
Sacramento, California – March 11
Biloxi, Mississippi – March 5
Ames, Iowa – March 3
Hampton Roads, Virginia – March 11
New York City Metro Area – TBD
National Capital Region – TBD
The FFRMS builds on work done by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, which was chaired by former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan. HUD and Sandy Recovery grantees have successfully implemented a similar standard, and lessons learned were applied to the FFRMS development. The Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Strategy recommended that the federal government create a national flood risk standard for Federally-funded projects beyond the Sandy-affected region. This recommendation resulted in the FFRMS.
HUD’s implementation of the FFRMS will require a public rulemaking process. Following the review of public comments on the Draft Implementing Guidelines and FFRMS, HUD will release a proposed rule for public comment. The rulemaking process will ultimately determine how HUD specifically implements the FFRMS.