Situation #1

Create media partners
A levee receiving a de-accredited designation can cause great concern among residents and business owners. The media covering the story will ask questions about flood risks, public safety and property values. They will also ask whether steps are being taken to improve the levee or otherwise reduce flood risk. You should include media communications as a central element in your outreach efforts so that the media understands the steps being taken and can help allay public concerns.

Timing is everything
The map change process is a lengthy one. This provides plenty of time for information, right or wrong, to reach the public. By creating relationships with the local media early in the process, you will ensure that the most current and accurate information is communicated. The materials in this section will help you craft your messages and develop handouts. You will also find important information about how property owners can save on flood insurance premiums by purchasing early.