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ARKANSAS NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION 

FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
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Purpose

Purpose:
To promote the public health, safety and general welfare and to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions.

Authority:
Act 629 of 1969. As Amended, authorizes cities, towns, counties, and the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (formerly, Arkansas Soil & Water Conservation Commission), where necessary, to enact and enforce land use measures which will prevent and alleviate flood hazards and losses in flood-prone areas of the State; and for other purposes. This Act was essential to allow communities to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which was established in 1968. The NFIP is a part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Areas of Responsibility:

State Coordinator for the NFIP
Administrator of the Community Assistance Program - State Services Support Element Grant provided by the NFIP

Accredit local floodplain managers (Act 745 of 2003).
Provider of General Information and Assistance Apart from the NFIP

Duties of the Floodplain Management Section include:
Visiting communities (towns, cities and counties) participating in the NFIP to provide general and technical assistance
Conducting training and educational workshops
Providing information to the public regarding the NFIP and floodplain management
Providing assistance for mitigation during the recovery phase of a disaster operation

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