- How to View and Obtain Flood Maps
- View your Community’s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data
- Products, Services, and Publications
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Fast Facts
- Other Resources
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As part of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is the cornerstone of the Nation's strategy for reducing the financial and physical impact of flood disasters.
Congress mandated federally regulated lenders to require flood insurance for all buildings located in a high-risk Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) that have a mortgage. Because insurance agents agree to sell and service flood insurance to property owners, both agents and lenders are an important part of this strategy.
To keep up with the latest developments in Flood Hazard Mapping, please visit What's New in Flood Hazard Mapping. You can also sign up for e-mail updates using the "Flood Hazard Mapping News e-mail updates" link at the top of this page.
How to View and Obtain Flood Maps
You may view and order copies of the effective maps and other NFIP products through the Map Service Center. Your local Community Map Repository, usually located in the planning and zoning office, also has copies of flood maps. Please call the FEMA Map Information eXchange, toll free at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627), or e-mail a Map Specialist to determine the location of your Community Map Repository.
View your Community’s Preliminary Flood Hazard Data
Preliminary flood hazard data provide an early look at your home or community’s risk to flood hazards. There are many benefits to viewing your community’s data before it becomes effective. For more information, visit the Preliminary Flood Hazard Data page.
Products, Services, and Publications
FEMA has developed pages containing information more specifically designed for Insurance Professionals and Lenders. Additionally, the FloodSmart site contains a great deal of useful information and offers free and convenient agents-only resources, tools and services
- Need some advice with your insurance question? Send an e-mail to Ask the Expert. If you have mapping related questions, you may e-mail a Map Specialist or talk to one in the FEMA Map Information eXchange at 1-877-FEMA MAP.
- Research, View, and Download NFIP Documents and Regulations
Flood Insurance Library
NFIP Laws and Regulations
Guidance Documents and Other Published Resources
- Looking for forms or applications? The following are available:
Elevation Certificate Form
NFIP Flood Insurance Manuals are available to be viewed online. A hard copy can be ordered from the Map Service Center.
Flood Hazard Mapping Forms
- Flood Proofing Certificate, FEMA 81-65
- Letter of Map Amendment/Revision Application Form, MT-1
- Letter of Map Amendment/Revision Application Form, MT-EZ
- Letter of Map Review (LODR) Instructions
- Letter of Map Revision Application Form, MT-2
- Standard Flood Hazard Determination Form & Instructions, FEMA 81-93
The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Home page. This website is the premiere resource for all NFIP stakeholders. Information is available for claims adjusters, homeowners, renters, insurance professionals, lenders, state & local officials, and surveyors.
NFIP Floodsmart Agent Registration
NFIP Supply Order Form
- Learn about NFIP Adjuster, Agent, and Lender Training.
- You may view and order copies of the effective maps and other NFIP products through the Map Service Center.
- Keep up with the latest developments and find out What's New in Flood Hazard Mapping.
Frequently Asked Questions
Go to Frequently Asked Questions for Insurance Professionals and Lenders.
Flood insurance fast facts:
- Currently there are 5.5 million flood insurance policies in force in more than 21,000 communities
- There is generally a 30-day waiting period before flood insurance goes n to effect
- 20-25% of all claims paid by the NFIP are outside of high-risk areas
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