Washington, D.C. – November 25, 2019 – SmarterSafer released the following statement regarding Congress passing another short-term extension to the NFIP in lieu of a much-needed permanent extension and reform.
“We are disappointed that Congress has yet again settled for a short-term reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rather than enact meaningful reforms and long-term extension to the outdated program. With natural disasters increasing both in size and frequency, Congress must act to reform the NFIP as opposed to another inadequate reauthorization before the program is scheduled to run out on December 20th. The NFIP has been reauthorized an eye-opening 13 separate times since 2017 without any significant improvements. With more than five million homeowners dependent on this federal disaster policy, lawmakers in Congress must make significant improvements to the NFIP, such as updating flood maps to ensure homeowners know if their property is at risk, embracing mitigation techniques to prepare for natural disasters, and improving transparency by making all available flood data publicly available.”