Living with Levees: The Levee Outreach Toolkit

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This page provides community officials with levee outreach resources that they can utilize to make informed decisions and disseminate information to the public. Materials are provided for various categories of levees and information is subcategorized into various stakeholder groups that benefit from gaining more knowledge regarding levees from their community officials.

The Levee Outreach Toolkit

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Overview

As levee status changes or comes under review, community officials must be able to communicate effectively with residents and business owners, the insurance community, lenders and real estate agents, as well as the media and other community leaders. FEMA has developed the Levee Outreach Toolkit, available through the webpages listed below, to assist in outreach efforts regarding levees.  The toolkit includes templated, flexible materials which local government officials and agencies can adapt and use to address flood risks behind levees and the flood insurance implications of levee status changes in their communities.

The Toolkit covers many - but not all - of the communications needs of communities whose flood risk zones and Special Flood Hazard Areas are being remapped or revised. Users are encouraged to adapt the materials as needed and use the fact sheet templates to create any additional pieces they may need. Additional levee outreach materials that can be used by Real Estate, Lending and Insurance Professionals are available through the Real Estate, Lending and Insurance Professionals: Levee Mapping Status page.

Toolkit Structure

The toolkit is separated into the following sections to address three core levee status designations and outreach:

Click on the section that most closely identifies the situation in your community. On each Levee Situation page listed above, you will see a brief explanation of the situation, the flood insurance implications and the importance of reaching out to residents and stakeholder groups. You can then choose to view and download outreach materials created specifically for communicating with, and through, different audience groups.

Materials and Formats

All of the template materials on this site were created in Microsoft Word to include key messages and information, while allowing them to be customized by end users. Red brackets clearly mark areas where community-specific information should be inserted. Directives inside the brackets suggest the appropriate information to include. Because they exist in Microsoft Word, the template documents are not designed for high-resolution printing, but they can be printed in color. FEMA resource materials are provided as PDF documents to protect their integrity. They can be printed, but not changed.

For More Information

For additional levee resources, vist:

  • FloodSmart- The official source for FEMA Flood maps
  • Ready- FEMA's emergency preparedness campaign
  • National Community on Levee Safety- Helps facilitate a shared responsability at all levels of government and from the public on levee safety and provides recommendations for a National Levee Safety Program
  • USACE Levee Safety Program- US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Levee Safety Program webpage

If you still have additional questions or need assistance, contact a Map Specialist in the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) through the following methods:

  • Call (1-877) FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am through 6:30 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Email the FMIX
  • Chat with a Map Specialist Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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Last Updated: 
06/02/2015 - 13:04
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