Tester: Five-year flood insurance reauthorization ‘provides certainty’

(GREAT FALLS, Mont.) – U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after he voted in the Banking Committee to send a five-year extension of the National Flood Insurance Program to the full Senate for approval:

“This year’s unprecedented flooding taught us that all Montanans must be prepared when tragedy strikes.  By reauthorizing the National Flood Insurance Program for five years, the Banking Committee provided greater certainty and will help put the Flood Insurance Program on a more sound financial footing so that insurance continues to be available for those at risk of flood.  I’ll keep working to make this program better and responsive to Montanans’ needs.”

Nearly 20,000 communities across the United States voluntarily participate in FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program to reduce future flood damage.  In exchange, FEMA backs flood insurance available to homeowners, renters and business owners.