Flood Maps, Insurance, and Information

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Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.

Recommended FEMA Web Pages and Sites

General Flood Information - Learn about flood events, how to prepare for a flood, and what to do during a flood to stay safe.

Flood Insurance (Floodsmart.gov) - Floods are the most common hazard in the US, and most homeowners insurance doesn't cover flood damage. Everyone is at risk of flooding. Buy flood insurance.

Map Service Center (MSC) - View Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) free online. FIRMs, as well as Letters of Map Revision (LOMRs), can also be purchased and downloaded.

Flood Hazard Mapping (FHM) - Find forms, documents, software, tutorials, and more data associated with the creation and modification of FIRMs.

Flood Information for the Public and Local Officials


National Flood Insurance Program
Elevation Flood Certificate, Flood Zones, Flood Zone Determination Companies, Community Rating System (CRS), Floodway, Grandfathering, Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC), Joining the NFIP, Policies, Substantial Improvement, 100 Year Flood

Changes to Official Flood Maps
Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), Letter of Map Revision (LOMR), Forms, Documents and Software, Online Tutorials, FAQs, ELOMA, Status of Map Change Requests, Levees

Mitigation Programs
Community Assistance Program, Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program, Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program, Map Modernization Program, National Dam Safety Program (NDSP), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) Program

Protecting Property from Flooding
Building Utilities, Coastal Construction, Dry Floodproofing, Elevate Your Home, Electrical System Components, Exterior Walls, Flood-Resistant Materials, Fuel Tanks, HVAC Equipment, Manufactured Home Installation, Sewer Backflow Valves, Wells

Recovery Information
1993 Great Midwest Flood, Grand Forks 1997, Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Removing Mold, Salvage Guidelines

Flood Topics for Floodplain Managers and Mapping Professionals


Floodplain Management
Elevation Flood Certificate, Floodplain Managers, Floodplain Management Publications, Map Modernization, Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan, Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP)

Flood Modeling Tools
HAZUS Loss Estimation Flood Model, GIS, National Flood Mitigation Data Collection Tool, CHAMP, CHECK-RAS, Quick-2, RASPLOT

Flood Maps
Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), FIRM Tutorial, FIRMettes, Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), Digital Q3 Data, Base Flood Elevation (BFE), Flood Insurance Studies (FIS), FIS Tutorial, Map Service Center (MSC)

Flood Publications
Claims Handbook, Coastal Barrier Resource System, Community Status Book, FHM Guidance Documents, Flood Insurance (NFIP) Manual, Floodplain Management, NFIP Legislation and Regulations, Standard Flood Insurance Policies,Summary of Coverage (English and Spanish), Technical Bulletins, Watermark

Last Modified: Wednesday, 25-Jun-2008 09:19:20 EDT