One of the major recommendations of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force was to address Insurance Challenges, Understanding, and Accessibility by examining ways to address affordability challenges posed by Congressionally-mandated reforms to the National Flood Insurance Program.

This project uses the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grants Program to help achieve this while significantly reducing communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife.

Funding for this project is provided by the Department of the Interior through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program. This project was implemented by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and Coastal State Organization (CSO).

The views and conclusions contained in this document are those of the authors and should not be interpreted as representing the opinions or policies of the U.S. Government or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and its funding sources.  Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute their endorsement by the U.S. Government, or the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation or its funding sources.

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Project Team: Chad Berginnis, CFM - Executive Director, ASFPM; Jeff Stone, CFM, GISP - Project Manager, ASFPM; Bridget Faust - Project Research Specialist, ASFPM; Melissa Haig - Research Librarian, ASFPM; Jason Hochschild - GIS Specialist, ASFPM; Bradley Watson, J.D. - Project Manager and Legal Counsel, Coastal States Organization; Kristin Raub - Sea Grant Knauss Fellow at USACE & Coastal States Organization, Coastal States Organization; and Dave Carlton - Principal, dkcarlton & associates, PLLC; Anne Clark-Baker - USACE (former Sea Grant Knauss Fellow at USACE & Coastal States Organization).

Project Advisory Committee: Jennifer Gilbert - NH Floodplain Manager, Liz Hertz - ME Municipal Planning Program Director, Bill Lesser - FEMA CRS Program, Allison Hardin - Myrtle Beach, SC Planner, Russell Jackson - NOAA OCM / CRS Task Force, Todd Davison - NOAA OCM, Dave Carlton - dkcarlton & associates, Michelle Burnett - RI Floodplain Manager, Christopher Thoms - OH Floodplain Manager, Scudder Mackey - OH Coastal Program Manager, Grover Fugate - RI Coastal Program Manager, Lori Cary-Kothera - NOAA OCM, and Thomas Ruppert - FL Sea Grant.

Interviewees: Micah Siemers - Bartlesville, OK; Jerry Shuster - Bellevue, WA; Amber Gray - Birmingham, AL; Denise Bell - Birmingham, AL; Diane Williamson - Bristol, RI; Steve Bergstresser - Kettering, OH; Adam Short - Kinston, NC; Donna Heffernan - Kitty Hawk, NC; Joe Lindsey - Lander County, NV; Carolyn Cortez - Maui County, HI; Ron Wolanski - Middletown, RI; Allison Hardin - Myrtle Beach, SC; Andrew Braun - Peoria County, IL; Craig Chandler- Sanibel, FL; Victor Grey-Lewis - Vicksburg, MS; Brian Hanley - Palm Beach County, FL; Rahim Harji - Pinellas County, FL; Lisa Foster - Pinellas County, FL; Sean Lanier - Ocala, FL; Shannon Jarbeau - Barnstable County, MA; Stacey Thompson - Centennial, CO; Brian Eber - Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Lori Rafferty - Louisville Jefferson County, KY; Dennis Dixon - Pierce County, WA; Greg Saxe - Pima County, AZ; Chuck Haskins - Arapahoe County, CO; Marsha Hilmes-Robinson - Fort Collins, CO; Wayne Porter - Bay County, FL; Caroline Cilek - Collier County, FL;  Tom Harrigan - Elm Grove, WI; Melinda Hopkins - RI EMI; Ken Vafier - New Hanover County, NC; Paul Kruse - South Elgin, IL; Sasha Buchheit - Pearland, TX; and Jamila Johnson - Houston, TX.

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