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Former FEMA Chief Fugate Discusses NFIP Mapping Cuts

Fugate blasts a budget proposal to slash funds for NFIP mapping.
April 2, 2017

In a recent interview, former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Chief Craig Fugate said President Donald Trump's proposed budget cuts for the agency will only come to fruition if Congress passes them, as Congress is the only entity that can appropriate funds and pass a budget. The proposed budget includes cuts to FEMA’s Flood Hazard Mapping Program, which Fugate said is an essential tool for figuring out how vulnerable homes and cities are to floods. Listen to Audio

“They’re cutting it maybe because it’s visible, and it’s easy to cut and it would not affect response. But think about it, the federal government runs the National Flood Insurance Program. ‘I’m not going to do updated maps,’ is like saying, ‘I’m not going to get an updated physical, ‘cause I don’t want to know how bad it could be.’ I mean, that’s kind of a ludicrous way to run an insurance company. I know nobody in the private sector running an insurance company would say, ‘I don’t want the best information to make my decisions, I’m just gonna guess.’”