FEMA and North Carolina Announce Historic Agreement to Reduce Damage
from Future Floods
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Washington, September 15, 2000 -- On the first anniversary of the
Hurricane Floyd disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
and the State of North Carolina today announced an historic agreement to
develop a model program to maintain accurate, up-to-date flood hazard
information for the state. This first in the nation agreement is designed
to reduce risks from future floods and build safer communities.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt and Governor Jim Hunt signed the agreement
in the Old House Chamber of the North Carolina Capitol. The agreement
calls for updating and digitizing the data for new flood hazard maps and
the establishment of a Cooperating Technical State Committee made up of
representatives from the state, participating communities, FEMA, the
National Partnership for Reinventing Government and 15 federal agencies.
More than a dozen senior federal agency representatives, along with state
and local counterparts, attended the signing ceremony.
The partnership agreement is the first agreement in the nation that is
designed to improve coordination and cooperation between all relevant
agencies and communities by sharing technical abilities and resources that
In signing the agreement, Governor Hunt said, "This is an important
part of our state's commitment to learn from our experiences. I have seen
first-hand what can happen if our citizens don't have up-to-date
floodplain maps and we are committed to giving them the tools, like these
maps, to help prevent the kind of devastation we experienced with the
floods after Hurricane Floyd."
"I want to compliment Governor Hunt for aggressively supporting this
initiative to reduce future flood losses," Witt said. "Identifying and
mapping flood hazards are a critical step to preventing future flood
events like Hurricane Floyd brought to the state a year ago."
The National Partnership for Reinventing Government acted as a catalyst
in expanding federal cooperation in support for this groundbreaking North
Carolina initiative. The Washington, D.C. national partnership is an
interagency task force that looks for ways to make government work better
and cost less.
The intergovernmental mapping committee will tap into existing federal,
state and local expertise and resources, review and approve the overall
direction of the flood hazard mapping initiative, review and approve
products and services, and provide feedback on issues associated with the
Updated maps will allow local communities to more effectively manage
their floodplains, reducing the potential risk to families, homes and
businesses. North Carolina also plans to make the updated maps available
to the public through the Internet.
The State of North Carolina has set aside $23 million for the project
and FEMA is providing approximately $6 million, for a total $29 million.
It is anticipated that additional technical support, data and funds will
be identified within other federal agencies in support of this
Updated: September 15, 2000
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