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FEMA Launches Task Force on Superstorm Sandy

A task force is starting work with FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program to examine problems that arose after Superstorm Sandy and to develop recommendations to correct them...
April 29, 2015

A task force is starting work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA's) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to examine problems that arose after Superstorm Sandy and to develop recommendations to correct them. The task force is to be launched at a press conference on April 28 in Washington, D.C.

Last month, FEMA agreed to reopen every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims, in response to allegations that some insurers in the NFIP may have denied claims from Superstorm Sandy based on altered engineering reports. Approximately 144,000 claims will be affected by FEMA's decision. FEMA also announced that it will:

  • develop a process for all Superstorm Sandy victims who are nonlitigants, but believe their claims were unjustly denied or lowballed, to be reopened and reviewed;
  • guarantee claimants gain access to all engineering reports;
  • contact by mail all Superstorm Sandy claimants to make them aware of the new process and opportunity for review;
  • commence a Superstorm Sandy Task Force to begin evaluation of the program and focus on reforms; and
  • make personnel changes at senior levels of the NFIP.
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