Seward Leads Call For Flood Safety

March 13, 2012

ALBANY, 03/13/12 – The New York State Senate today adopted a legislative resolution calling on Governor Cuomo to declare March 12 – 17, 2012 as Flood Safety Awareness Week in the State of New York.

Senate resolution 3593 was sponsored by Senator James L. Seward R/C/I-Oneonta) in conjunction with the national awareness week recognized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We are all painfully aware of the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee late last summer,” said Senator Seward.  “Many communities across New York State, including in my senate district, suffered major flooding and continue to rebuild from the destruction.

“The idea behind National Flood Safety Awareness Week is to increase public awareness of the dangers associated with flooding and to help individuals, families and communities take steps to prepare and reduce their flooding risks.”

Earlier this week Senator Seward, chairman of the state senate standing committee on insurance, sponsored a special roundtable to discuss the issue of flood insurance and to evaluate methods to improve the National Flood Insurance Flood Program (NFIP) claims process.

“The flood insurance roundtable was a great conversation starter.  Along with demonstrating the need to publicize the NFIP, it also verified that more must be done to simplify the claims process.  When a policyholder has lost everything and is waiting for help, the insurance carrier should do everything possible to deliver – quickly and efficiently,” concluded Senator Seward.