For several years, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service (NOAA-Fisheries) and FEMA have been working together to identify measures that will reduce negative impacts from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on salmon, steelhead and other species listed as threatened under the  Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

On April 14, 2016, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) delivered to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) a jeopardy biological opinion (BiOp) on implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon. The BiOp includes a set of recommendations for reducing the impact of NFIP related development on salmon.

Link to the DLCD Webpage for the latest on the Biological Opinion, impacts to the NFIP, what Communities can expect, and links to other portals to help explain this important development.

 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Oregon to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe winter storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides, and mudslides during the period of December 6-23, 2015.

See Oregon Emergency Management for more details; and

FEMA's "Disaster Declarations for Oregon" page with links...

 


FEMA has launched a new data visualization tool that allows users to view and interact with a wide array of FEMA data, including when and where disaster declarations have occurred across the country.Through an interactive platform, users can view the history of disaster declarations by hazard type or year and the financial support provided to states, tribes and territories, and access public datasets for further research and analysis.


The tool is accessible at fema.gov/data-visualization


 A USACE “Silver Jackets” project - to install high-water signs as reminders of the risks of flooding - had its first installation at Monteith Riverpark in Downtown Albany on December 12th.  Three permanent signs were installed representing the floods of 1996, 1964, and 1861 (particularly impressive) to remind residents of the impact of floods.  This is the first of three sites (selected by DLCD and community officials) to receive these signs, with Turner and Oregon City to follow in the next few months.  See the news coverage at:

http://democratherald.com/albany/high-water-signs-a-reminder-of-flood-potential/article_bf8ba961-41cb-5ee3-8839-84350edd72ed.html

 

http://www.kval.com/news/local/1964-flood-still-holds-lessons-for-Oregon-a-half-century-later-285655951.html

  

 

Contact for Oregon Risk MAP

The Department of Land Conservation and Development is the lead on the Oregon Risk MAP project. To reach the program coordinator contact:

Stephen Lucker
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540

stephen.lucker@state.or.us