Will update and maintain FEMA’s massive programs to manage flooding and hazards across the nation
December 19, 2014
A joint venture of Atkins and Stantec has been selected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide services for the agency’s extensive flood risk mapping and hazard mitigation programs. This multi-pronged effort helps communities identify and understand the risks that natural and manmade disasters pose to infrastructure and buildings.
Back in 2005, staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) realized that it was difficult to locate LiDAR coastal datasets because of the lack of a comprehensive list of available data, so a group started searching among state, county and local government agencies for existing datasets. The result was the first operational inventory of elevation data along United States coastlines.
A proposal by U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., would require an independent analysis of the scientific basis for any new flood map proposed by FEMA and would establish a five-member arbitration panel to resolve disputes between the federal government and communities over flood maps. To read the entire article, click here.
Vbbeacon.com: FEMA official suggests that landowners contesting FEMA's newly issued flood plain maps--based on outdated 1981 data--consider hiring a surveyor as a group and divide the cost amongst themselves.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – August 26, 2009 – URS Corporation announced that Risk Assessment, Mapping and Planning Partners (RAMPP), a joint venture between URS, Dewberry and ESP Associates, has been awarded a contract by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the agency in identifying flood hazards, assessing the associated risks and providing mitigation activities throughout the United States and its territories.