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Environmental Health

February 6, 2014
6 to 8 p.m.
Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, WA.

Grays Harbor County, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local cities within Grays Harbor County, is to conduct a public meeting for FEMA’s new coastal maps. The public meeting will be held Thursday, Feb. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rotary Log Pavilion in Aberdeen, WA.

The coastal flood maps are being updated for the first time in decades and will affect how flood insurance is determined. Congress also passed major reforms in 2012 that will affect insurance as well.

The meeting will “cover the update of flood mapping and we will be able to show individuals what the flood hazard information is for their property and we will have insurance and floodplain management staff to answer any questions that come up. We do plan on covering Biggert-Waters (the Congressional reform of 2012) with a few slides in the general presentation,” responded Ted Perkins, FEMA regional engineer in an email Monday.

Officials from Grays Harbor County, Aberdeen, Westport, Ocean Shores, Elma, Montesano, Cosmopolis and Hoquiam will be in attendance. State Department of Energy and Department of Natural Resources will also be on hand. The venue holds 150.

For more about the maps and reforms, go to

Biggert Waters Act of 2012 (BW12)

National Flood Insurance Program

NFIP Step-by-Step Step

Step 1
Stay current with Northwest mapping, planning, and outreach in hazard mitigation and floodplain management by subscribing to the regional newsletter:
Step 2
Get FloodSmart and visit to learn about the NFIP, including information about residential coverage, commercial coverage, community resources, frequently asked questions, and upcoming reforms.
Step 3
Understand the role of flood maps and learn about the process of modernizing Flood Insurance Rate Maps at
Step 4
For questions about flood insurance policies, call the National Flood Insurance Call Center at 1-800-427-4661.
Step 5
If you have questions about flood maps in your community, call 1-877-336-2627 or send your question