The Association of State Floodplain Managers, with its 18,000 members nationwide and
36 chapters, is pleased to submit comments on the draft National Mitigation Investment
Strategy. In order to protect life and property and reduce the unsustainable expense of
flood disasters to the federal taxpayer, we must improve the coordination and effectiveness of
ASFPM has identified a few of the most significant mitigation barriers and/or disincentives to
mitigation our members have observed in recent years. Many of these come from the
perspective of state and locals who are making investment decisions and getting feedback from
at-risk property owners. In order to effectively invest in mitigation at all levels of government
and encourage private sector participation, these impediments need to be remedied.
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