The NFIP will not be reauthorized by Congress by midnight of May 31, 2010. Therefore, the Program will experience a hiatus – a period without authority to: issue new policies for which application and premium payment dates are on or after June 1, 2010, or issue increased coverage on existing policies for which endorsement and premium payment dates are on or after June 1, 2010, or issue renewal policies for which the renewal premium is received by the company on or after June 1, 2010, and after the end of the 30-day renewal grace period, until Congress reauthorizes the Program. While awaiting Congressional reauthorization, FEMA is issuing the guidance contained in the attached bulletin Within this bulletin, is a set of Frequently Asked Questions concerning NFIP authorization. The hiatus period is expected to end soon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting an “active to extremely active” 2010 hurricane season for the Atlantic with 14 to 23 named storms this season, of which 8 to 14 will turn into hurricanes and 3 to 7 of those will grow into major hurricanes with sustained winds of at least 111 miles per hour. Colorado State University forecasters have issued similar predictions: 15 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 4 major hurricanes. Additional Resources: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Colorado State University’s Tropical Meteorology
While the BP oil spill may be unique in its size and impact, the April 20, 2010 accident isn’t the first time that the United States has had to deal with an oil spill and its devastating consequences. There have been numerous opportunities to learn from the spills of the past; however, many of the same tactics, techniques and mistakes are being repeated today. In June 1979 there was an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which at the time was unmatched in its size. Interestingly, many of the tactics that BP executives have tried, including the top hat, top kill, chemical dispersants and booms, were used in the 1979 clean-up effort with relatively little success despite the fact that the spill was located in only about 200 feet of water, whereas the BP spill is in about 5,000 feet of water. The solution to the 1979 spill was ultimately relief wells, which took nine months to completely stop the flow of oil. BP executives have stated that a relief well won’t be in place until at least August. Another unfortunate similarity between oil spills are the health effects that workers have started to experience from cleaning up the BP spill. Similar to the Exxon Valdez spill, workers have been experiencing headaches, vomiting, nausea and respiratory problems. These health issues can often be prevented with the use of protective gear; however, BP has only been providing this necessary equipment to a limited group of workers. These health effects can […]
Fishermen have been reporting popping ears , coughing up stuff, and a weak tingling feeling. A marinee toxicologist reported that the chemicals being used by BP to clean can cause serious bodily injury and even lead to death. In high concentrations the chemicals can fry the brain and cause brain lesions. Lots of fishermen are working sick for fear of losing their jobs. With fishing closed down and a family to feed, the fishermen are doing whatever they can to take care of their families by continuing to work for BP under these conditions. One physician has reported that one fisherman even look as though he had damaged lungs despite never having smoked. Congressman Charlie Melancon has requested the opening of temporary health clinics. Specifically, in an open letter to Health & Human Services Secretary he stated, “Many residents and volunteers are being exposed to hazardous materials on a daily basis, and some will have to travel hours to get treatment at the nearest health care facility. It is imperative that temporary health care clinics be established to provide basic health care services in this geographic area.” Additional Resources: Fishermen Report Illness From BP Chemicals Used In Cleanup Charlie Melancon’s Letter To HHS’s Kathleen Sebelius