Cooperating Technical Partners Program

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With over 20,000 communities in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), there is a significant challenge keeping flood hazard maps current. The Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program is an innovative approach to creating partnerships between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and participating NFIP communities, regional agencies, State agencies, tribes, and universities that have the interest and capability to become more active participants in the FEMA flood hazard mapping program.

FEMA is seeking qualified Partners to collaborate in maintaining up-to-date flood hazard maps and other flood hazard information. For more information about the CTP Program please visit one of the referenced links on the right-hand side of this page.

If you would like to learn more about the FEMA map production processes, or to view the Draft Risk MAP Operational Standards that are required for projects initiated in Fiscal Year 2013, visit FEMA's Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners page. If you would like to learn more about FEMA's digital mapping initiative and other important modernization efforts, please visit FEMA's Risk MAP pages.

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Additional Useful Information 

The documents described below provide additional information about the CTP Program.

CTP Presentation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a PowerPoint presentation that provides general information on the CTP Program.

CTP Partnership Agreement Template

The Partnership Agreement is a broad statement of principle, emphasizing the value of the three components of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): Flood Insurance, Floodplain Management, and Flood Hazard Mapping.

CTP Mapping Activity Statement Template

As Partners and FEMA identify specific mapping activities to perform under the Partnership Agreement, they will develop Mapping Activity Statements (MASs) to define the roles and responsibilities of all Partners involved in a study/mapping project. FEMA has developed MAS Templates to help Project Teams document the planned activities, roles, and responsibilities for each project.

A Compendium of Guidance Documents, Templates and Tools Activities

The purpose of this guidance document is to assist Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) staff and CTP Program Partners in preparing, developing and managing CTP Program activities. This document is organized to assist the CTP Program Partners and FEMA staff in administration, funded activities, eligibility and evaluation criteria, scoring criteria, reporting requirements, technical capabilities, contracting requirements, standards, certification, funding and Cooperative Agreement management. This document is organized to assist CTP Program partners and FEMA staff in Cooperating Technical Partners Guidance and Application Kit.

Estimating the Value of Partner Contributions to Flood Mapping Projects (Blue Book)

FEMA developed the Blue Book, dated September 2011, to outline the unit cost approach FEMA uses in estimating the value of contributions made by communities, Tribal nations, regional agencies, and State agencies for updated Flood Insurance Rate Map production.

Digital Technical Support Data Notebook (TSDN) Submittal Requirements

For FEMA-contracted studies/mapping projects (including projects initiated under the CTP Program), FEMA mapping partners and contractors must organize deliverable materials in a standardized format. This allows FEMA to maintain nationwide standards for mapping under the NFIP. The current FEMA standard is the TSDN. The TSDN contains all of the support data for a community for which FEMA published a flood map and revisions to that flood map. The requirements for the TSDN are documented in Appendix M of FEMA's Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners.

A Partner may submit a digital TSDN, in lieu of the hard copy; all materials that are not in digital format must be submitted in hard copy format. A transmittal letter clearly identifying the project and the materials provided must be submitted along with the TSDN.

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Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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