GovernmentCIO: FEMA Explores Automation, AI to Update Flood Risk Maps

“Advances in digital technologies are allowing FEMA to revamp its flood risk maps to improve accuracy about flood risk across America.”

“As part of its Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration, FEMA is responsible for managing programs before a natural disaster or other emergency, such as floods, hurricanes, storms and earthquakes. Through its National Flood Insurance Program, the agency ensures such insurance is available for homeowners in areas that are susceptible to flooding and partners with state, local and tribal governments to collect and provide flood hazard and risk data to guide mitigation efforts.”

“Last month the First Street Foundation created an online calculator suggesting FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) missed 14.6 million properties at risk of flooding across the U.S. The non-profit research group claims its estimate is higher than FEMA’s because it accounts for recent increased rainfall and climate change. The federal agency said it is actively adding increased rainfall and climate to its hazard analyses through its Future of Flood Risk Data initiative.”

“’FEMA aims to provide a more comprehensive picture of the country’s flood hazards through a Graduated Risk Analysis,’ a FEMA spokesperson told GovernmentCIO Media & Research…”

“Automation, in particular, will help FEMA cut costs and improve data accuracy and consistency. The agency plans to explore use cases for artificial intelligence as well…” Read the full article here.

Source: FEMA Explores Automation, AI to Update Flood Risk Maps – By Kate Macri, July 24, 2020. GovernmentCIO.

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