July 18, 2013
Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Federal Emergency Management Agency
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C Street SW, Washington, D.C. 20472
Dear Associate Administrator Miller:
I want to thank you for accepting an invitation to travel to Louisiana to meet with me and interested local stakeholders about flood insurance and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mapping process. My understanding is that you all are still in the process of planning the trip and scheduling meetings on August 8th and 9th but I urge you to make time to meet all of the parish presidents that are members of "Parishes Against Coastal Erosion (PACE)" as part of your trip. I believe you and your team will find the meeting helpful to your job of developing accurate flood maps. The National Flood Insurance Program is one of their top priorities.
PACE is a coalition of Louisiana parish presidents, mayors and other local elected officials created in late 2003 to improve the existing dialogue between the parishes, build awareness of coastal erosion and develop local strategies and plans of action to combat coastal erosion. PACE includes communities from the entire coast, from St. Bernard to Cameron. This coalition has successfully united all of Louisiana's coastal parishes in an effort to work together and speak with one voice.
FEMA is currently struggling with how to give proper credit to all flood control features, and meeting with local officials with a tremendous amount of experience will greatly benefit you and your team. It will give you greater insight to a variety of non-federal levees and flood control features.
Flood insurance is vital for businesses and families in Louisiana. We need to make sure that all new maps are 100 percent accurate and properly credit every levee and flood control feature because publishing incomplete maps with inaccurate information could lead to misleading estimates about future flood insurance rates and possibly improper rates. We must ensure that people who have been following the rules aren't priced out of their homes because flood insurance rates increase so dramatically. Thank you for your attention to this important matter, and I look forward to your prompt and forthright response to this request.
United States Senator
Dennis Scott, Calcasieu Parish Police Juror
Ryan Bourriaque and Tina Horn, Cameron Parish Administrators
Linda Duhon, Vermilion Parish Administrator
Errol "Romo" Romero, Iberia Parish President
Paul Naquin, St. Mary Parish President
Guy Cormier, St. Martin Parish President
Kim Torres, Assumption Parish Secretary-Treasurer
Michel Claudet, Terrebonne Parish President
Charlotte Randolph, Lafourche Parish President
John Young, Jefferson Parish President
V.J. St. Pierre, St. Charles Parish President
Timmy Roussel, St. James Parish President
Natalie Robottom, St. James Parish President
Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President
Dave Peralta, St. Bernard Parish President
Pat Brister, St. Tammany Parish President
Gordon Burgess, Tangipahoa Parish President
Layton Ricks, Livingston Parish President
Charles Allen, Orleans Parish Director of Environmental Affairs
Tommy Martinez, Ascension Parish President