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Federal Emergency Management Agency Launches Call Center, Web Site for Flood Map Information

From: FEMA   Filed 5/30/07  GCN   Updated 7/21/07

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Property owners in Jackson, Harrison and Hancock Counties are getting two new resources a call center and a Web site that will provide them with information on the work being done to produce the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) being released later this year. Both are being rolled out June 4 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

"We are pleased to provide these new resources for the residents of coastal Mississippi. People who have questions about the maps, the adoption process, or where to go for more technical information can visit the Web site or phone the call center for information or referrals," said Dennis Kizziah, acting director of FEMA's Mississippi Transitional Recovery Office.

The Mississippi Coastal Mapping Project Web site, www.mscoastalmapping.com, contains information on the status of the mapping effort, the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA's flood map modernization effort, and other project-related activities.

The Web site is designed to be a hub of information for a variety of audiences and is organized to be easy to use. The Web site includes information for:

  • Homeowners, business owners and the general public
  • Federal, state and local officials
  • Builders, developers, floodplain managers, engineers, surveyors and architects
  • Real estate, insurance and lending industry professionals
  • News media

Frequently asked questions, fact sheets, and a glossary of terms and acronyms are available online. The site also contains a comprehensive list of links to other federal, state, and community Web sites related to the Mississippi Coastal Mapping project. Once the preliminary flood maps are released, the Web site also will link to these maps.

The Mississippi Coastal Mapping Call Center opens on June 4 to provide additional information or referrals for both general and technical questions. The call center will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT. Call toll free at 1-866-816-2804.

FEMA coordinates the federal government's role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

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