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BREVARD COUNTY RESIDENTS INVITED TO SEE PRELIMINARY FLOOD MAPS

Attend Open Houses and Learn about Flood Risks in Your Community
 
People who live in Brevard County, Florida are invited to look at newly revised preliminary digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) for the county at three public open houses on February 6 – 8, 2012.  Flood maps show the extent to which areas are at risk for flooding, and are used to help determine flood insurance and building requirements.
 
The open houses will provide Brevard County residents the opportunity to see the preliminary maps, learn about their risk of flooding and ask questions about what the new maps will mean for their property.  Residents can meet one-on-one with a variety of specialists who will be available to talk about flood insurance, engineering, building permits and more.
 
Open house dates and locations are:
 
Monday, February 6, 2012 (Central Brevard County)
PDCC 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Open House 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
            Space Coast Room
            2nd Floor, Building C
            Brevard County Government Center
            2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
            Viera, FL 32940
           
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 (South Brevard County)
Open House 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
            City Council Chambers 
Palm Bay City Hall
            120 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, FL 32907
 
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 (North Brevard County)
Open House 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 
            Multi-Purpose Room
            2nd Floor
Titusville Fire Headquarters
            550 South Washington Avenue
            Titusville, FL 32796
 
The new maps were produced through a partnership between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Brevard County.  They are more precise than older maps because better flood hazard and risk data and the latest science available have been applied to make the maps more accurate, with the ultimate goal of protecting property owners and the community from the risks associated with flooding.
 
Property owners – both homeowners and business owners – renters, realtors, mortgage lenders and insurance agents are encouraged to attend the open houses and take advantage of this opportunity to meet with specialists and ask questions, and learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within their communities. 
 
Brevard County’s preliminary maps have not yet been officially adopted and will become effective after a public comment period.  This period allows property owners to submit comments and appeals if they can show that any part of the maps are in error.  Specialists will be available at the open houses to address questions that residents may have about this process.  Once all comments are received and addressed, Brevard County may adopt the maps.
 
Flooding is the most common and the most expensive type of natural disaster in the U.S. Most homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding, and separate flood insurance policy may be purchased to protect residents against the financial devastation that flooding can cause.
 
Congress mandates that federally regulated or insured mortgage lenders require flood insurance on properties that are located in areas at high risk of flooding.  Some lenders may also implement their own insurance requirements on properties not in a high-risk area as a condition of the loan.
 
Even if flood insurance is not required on a property, it is still an important consideration because anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods.  If the preliminary maps show a property has moved from a high-risk to a lower-risk flood zone, property owners should talk with an insurance agent about keeping their flood insurance policy in force.




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