Where can I learn more about purchasing flood insurance?
Many flood insurance related questions may be answered by visiting FloodSmart.gov. You may use the tools under the Insurance Center to determine policy coverage, estimate rates and find an agent in your area.
How do I get an elevation certificate?
If an Elevation Certificate has been prepared for your property, you may be able to obtain it from the property developer or from community officials. Communities often require preparation of Elevation Certificates for properties as part of the permitting process. You can contact your local floodplain officials or the planning and zoning office to see if an Elevation Certificate already exists for your property. If not, you will have to arrange for a Licensed Land Surveyor, Registered Professional Engineer or Registered Architect who is authorized by state or local law to certify elevation information.
Take a look at this video from FEMA which explains flood plain mapping, flood insurance rates and other information. You may notice that this program actually began after Hurricane Irene, and was already in place when Superstorm Sandy struck New Jersey.
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