Flood Risks Are Changing In Orleans Parish, LA — Important
Information for Agents Serving Orleans Parish, LA
Orleans Parish, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is
reaching an important milestone in its effort to identify flood risk. FEMA initially
released preliminary digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities and Parishes
within the Greater New Orleans area — Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard,
and St. Charles. Working to use the most current data and the latest modeling and digital
mapping technologies, FEMA has moved this update forward. In March 2016, a Letter of Final
Determination was issued for the Greater New Orleans metropolitan area, including portions
of Orleans Parish. This means that the proposed FIRMs for your community are finalized and
will become the effective maps on September 30, 2016.
Friday, August 26 from 1-3 p.m. (Doors open at 12:30 p.m.)
Be Prepared When Clients Call: Join Us for an
Orleans Parish has partnered with FEMA to hold an insurance workshop in your area. Flood
insurance agents, real estate professionals, lenders, builders, and surveyors are encouraged
to attend to gain a better understanding of where the changes are occurring on the new flood
maps; the Newly Mapped Procedure and Grandfather rating options; Policy Conversion and
retaining customers whose risk is reduced; impacts of reform legislation and upcoming changes
to the NFIP; and using new tools and resources to assist you.
There is no charge for this 2-hour workshop and we encourage you to share information about
this event with other flood insurance agents, lenders, surveyors, builders and real estate
professionals. Space is limited, so mark your calendar and click the registration link to
attend the Insurance Workshop.
City Council Chamber
1300 Perdido Street
New Orleans, LA 70112
Register to attend this Workshop at:
Your clients will view you as an important resource to accurately explain their changing
flood risks. So, plan to attend one of these important Workshops to become better prepared
when your clients call. For more information about flood insurance, visit
U.S. Hits Record 129 Months Since Last Major Hurricane Strike
Data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicates that no major
hurricane has made landfall in the continental United States for a record-breaking 129 months.
The last major hurricane to make landfall on the continental United States was Hurricane Wilma,
which hit Florida on Oct. 24, 2005, or 129 months ago.
The 2016 hurricane season officially opened on June 1 and ends on Nov. 30, and it is
expected to be "near normal," with more hurricane activity than last year's "below normal"
season, according to
NOAA's 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook. The agency also predicts
that there will be 10 to 16 named storms this season, including four to eight hurricanes and
one to four major hurricanes. Due to several "competing climate factors" this year, "there is
reduced confidence in predicting whether the season will be above normal or below normal,"
August is PIA Advocacy Month!
Every August, Congress recesses for a month so their members can head home to their
districts to spend time with their constituents. To capitalize on the August recess,
PIA National turns the focus of its advocacy to the home districts and states of
elected representatives, and asks PIA members to meet with their members of Congress
PIA Advocacy Month is a great opportunity for PIA members
to build on, or begin
to build a relationship with their elected officials. Many PIA members who have
participated in the Federal Legislative Summit (FLS) will follow up with their member
of Congress by participating in PIA Advocacy Month and maintaining a direct connection.
PIA has many resources available
on our website at
talking points, position statements, and tips to how to have a successful meeting, to
help members prepare and to have a productive meeting with their member of Congress.
If you are interested in visiting with your Congressman or Senator, please contact
Natalie Cooper at the PIA office by emailing her at