3.0 hours Floods and other Natural Hazards – Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus:

3.0 Core Topic

The Coastal Barrier Resources System is a system of protected coastal areas that includes ocean-front land, the Great Lakes and other protected areas (OPAs). The United States Congress passed the Coastal Barrier Resources Act in order to address the many problems associated with coastal barrier development.

Coastal barriers serve as important buffers between coastal storms and inland areas, often protecting properties on land from serious flood damage. Also, coastal barriers provide a protective habitat for aquatic plants and animals.

The Coastal Barrier Resources Act of 1982 restricted development on the Coastal Barrier Resources System, to protect the barrier system and prevent future flood damage. It was implemented to minimize loss of human life by discouraging development in high-risk areas, reduce wasteful expenditures of federal resources, and preserve the ecological integrity of the areas. Residents of a Coastal Barrier Resources System area are eligible for federally regulated flood insurance only if the property was built before 1982 and the community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

This course covers the Coastal Barrier Resources Act of 1982 as well as other important laws that have been passed to strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

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