Realtor Updates Flood Maps on 14 Million Properties So US Homeowners Can Better Prepare For The Future

first_imgBut Realtor.com agrees that buyers deserve to know everything, risks included, about a home before making a purchase, and now all 110 million listed properties on their website contain either publicly or privately assembled flooding data.MORE: A Poor State in India Learned From Its Mistakes: How It Saved a Million People From the Devastating Cyclone“They can elevate their home on stilts. They can add a sump pump into the basement. They can install a rain garden outside,” Realtor.com executive Leslie Jordan told NPR. “But they must know their risk first.”HELP Your Friends Prepare And Share The News On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSince buying a home will be the most significant financial decision of most people’s lives, prospective buyers deserve to understand the full cost of their investment. That’s why a nonprofit, First Street Foundation, is compiling an updated list of the flood-insurance risks for millions more properties nationwide and publishing their findings online for all to see.Credit: TBEP/UnsplashAs changing climatic conditions have resulted in storms of greater strength and in greater numbers, the nonprofit group is filling in the massive gaps in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood zone designations.“Unfortunately, inaccurate FEMA flood maps and nonexistent or weak real estate disclosure laws make it extremely difficult for home buyers to learn of a property’s flood risk or even its flood history,” Joel Scata who studies flood risk at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told NPR. RELATED: Mangrove Trees Can Save Americans Tens of Billions in Flood Damages– So New Alliance Gets PlantingFEMA has around nine million properties in flooding zones, wherein homeowners would be required or advised to buy flood insurance, however First Street Foundation’s clever combination of data has produced a more accurate flood risk map that takes into account climate change, sea level rise, and altered rainfall patterns and storm paths, and that will continue to update faster and more efficiently than FEMA’s flooding maps.Through the unprecedented partnership of more than 80 world-renowned scientists, technologists, and analysts working together, First Street was able to identify an additional 14.5 million homes that are in potential flood areas.Their tool, Flood Factor, allows you to enter a zip code and bring up anything that’s available on homes in that area.Realtor.comHowever, the effort has been looked at glumly by major real estate companies and homeowners alike who are worried that flood risk designations would diminish the property value of their homes.last_img read more

‘Big Little Lies,’ Water Views, And Moke

first_img At Water Views Festival with Don Lemon, Aly Cohen, and Bridget LeRoy. At Water Views Festival with Don Lemon, Aly Cohen, and Bridget LeRoy. Independent/Richard LewinSome weeks, it feels like I don’t do anything besides work and watch “Real Housewives,” others I’m all over the map, literally. This week happened to be slightly more thrilling than most.Leave it to The Wing in Soho to bring a little extra excitement to my usual Wednesday workspace. I started the week (Wednesday is the start of The Independent’s work week, since it’s the day we publish) at The Wing for a panel discussion for HBO’s “Big Little Lies.” The convo was moderated by Vanity Fair Editor Radhika Jones and included Hollywood stars, producers, and mega-actresses Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, and Nicole Kidman. The group discussed the show and its Season Two launch. Words of wisdom from the cast about female empowerment (and this is an empowered group of females) as well as domestic violence led the conversation.On Friday, The Independent and fitness-foodie writer Nicole Teitler hosted a gathering at Berry & Co. Joe & Liza’s ice cream and Grindstone Donuts have collaborated on a donut ice cream, and it’s pretty amazing. Guests were invited to sample the goods while also enjoying cocktails by Simple Vodka and Wölffer wines. It was also a great reason to explore the new whimsical Berry & Co. book shop, which opened in Sag Harbor a few weeks ago, above Jack’s Stir-Brew Coffee on Division Street.The Moke pop-up shop in Water Mill hosted a rosé toast on Saturday morning to celebrate its opening. I took one of the fun electric cars out for a spin (well, around the parking lot). The Moke is perfect for coastal communities such as ours. Plug it into an outlet to charge. It goes about 30 miles per hour, has zero emissions, and is perfect to get you to the beach — all while reducing your carbon footprint.Sunday started with the Water Views Festival and ended with me rain-drenched at Governors Ball.The Water Views Festival at Guild Hall was an event hosted by The Independent and the Chapman Perelman Foundation about celebrating and preserving the East End’s most valuable asset, its water. It was moderated by CNN’s Don Lemon and included panel discussions with Sara Davison, Dr. Christopher Gobler, Dorian Dale, Bridget Fleming, and Dr. Stuart Lowrie, followed by a key note address by Cyrill Gutsch and speeches by Edwina von Gal, Beth Rattner, Michael Ogden, and Aly Cohen. After the talks, it was off to an outdoor eco-fair with activations by Flowers by Beth, Perfect Earth Project, Telemark, Surfrider Foundation, SoFo, and many others.Once we arrived back in the city, we headed over to Governors Ball. Sunday was delayed because of rain so we ended up getting there around 8:30 PM. I tried to have a festival moment, but unfortunately the weather had other plans. We weren’t even there long enough to take a photo for the ‘gram.We were able to watch Nas perform and walk around for a few minutes before they announced that everyone should proceed to the nearest exit. When it started raining, I was secretly hoping for a Woodstock ’94 moment. Although I’m sure there’s a big difference between upstate mud and Randall’s Island mud. It will forever be known as the night Joe and I went to Governors Ball for 45 minutes. We did really enjoy ourselves for those few brief [email protected]@hamptondaze Sharecenter_img Nicole Teitler, Kyle Shanahan, Taylor Berry, Jessica Mackin-Cipro, Sean O’Donnell, and Amy Kalaczynski at Berry & Co. last_img read more