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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Residents turn out for FEMA flood insurance Open House

Semi-annual DPW mailers used to include an approximationof the City's flood zones.

Plainfield residents turned out in force for face-to-face meetings with FEMA representatives Wednesday at the Plainfield High School cafeteria.

Folks were lined up and waiting when the doors opened at 4:00 PM, after FEMA responded to a request by Mayor Adrian O. Mapp for the event.

About twenty FEMA representatives sat at cafeteria tables arranged in an "L" along two walls of the cafeteria and met with property owners who brought along surveys of their property and insurance documentation.

Attendees were given a six-pge brochure outlining the National Flood Insurance Program's coverage. They also received a tip-sheet listing five ways of reducing flood insurance premiums.

While premiums are based on the amount of risk of flooding involved, FEMA does not require flood insurance -- that is required by mortgage issuers, FEMA points out.

Attendees also learned that the FEMA flood maps are now based on a new standard,the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88),which replaces an earlier,now obsolete, measurement.

If you missed the Open House, you can find needed information at these two websites--

or call (800) 427-4661.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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