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Posted on: August 8, 2023

[ARCHIVED] FEMA's Open House on Flood Risk and Insurance


Do you know your flood risk? FEMA is hosting two Open Houses on Flood Risk and Insurance. If you live in Yates County, this is a chance to learn more about your updated flood maps, known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps. FEMA representatives will be there to answer questions about flood risk, flood insurance, and how to prepare for and protect yourself from flooding.

The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, August 16, 2023. Attend in person, any time from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Yates County Office Building auditorium at 417 Liberty Street, Penn Yan, NY 14527. All are welcome to join.

To request a reasonable accommodation (sign language, real-time captioning, or other), please email [email protected] or [email protected], or call (833) 285-7448, FEMA’s Civil Rights Resource Line.

Flooding is the number-one natural disaster in the United States. Community members need to know their risk and use the tools and programs they have, including flood insurance.

To learn more or to access the flood maps, visit You may also contact a map specialist at the FEMA Mapping and Insurance eXchange (FMIX) at 1-877-336-2627 or [email protected].

Flood Risk Open House Meeting Objectives

  • Community members will connect with FEMA, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC), and county representatives, one-on-one.
  • Community members will learn:
    1. The purpose and benefit of the mapping project, and its timeline.
    2. What the flood hazard zones on the new maps are, and what they mean.
    3. Local flood risks, and the resources that are available from the state, FEMA, and other partners to reduce risk.
    4. How map changes will affect the requirements for insurance and building.
    5. The importance of flood insurance and how to obtain a policy.
    6. The appeal and comment process.
    7. The benefits of mitigation, as well as the cost and consequences of not acting.
    8. What the county and state are doing to mitigate flood risk.
    9. Where to go for updates and more information.



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