- Go to ResourceThis form provides a basis for the actuarial rating of buildings and their contents on an individual risk basis that allows a rate discount for prudent building designs. This approach will serve to further the NFIP goals of providing incentives for hazard mitigation in coastal high hazard flood risk zones while permitting adequate insurance protection under premium rates that ensure that the risk of flood losses related to building placement and construction is borne by the owners of the properties at risk.
- Go to ResourceState Insurance Commissioner's play a crucial role in developing State policy for insurance. They can help shape the vision and strategy for protecting constituents with insurance coverage and assisting victims of flood disasters.
- Go to ResourceThe Flood Information Tool (FIT), released in 2002, was designed to process and convert locally available flood information to data that can be used by the HAZUS Flood Module. The FIT is a system of instructions, tutorials, and geographic information system (GIS) analysis scripts. When given user-supplied inputs (e.g., topographic data, a digital elevation model (DEM), ground elevations, flood elevations, floodplain boundary information, Q3 data, FIRM data, and DFIRM data), the FIT will calculate flood depth and elevation for riverine and coastal flood hazards. The FIT is intended to help users perform Level 2 or Level 3 flood hazard analyses.
- Go to ResourceThis poster presents an overview of collaborations among and between Federal, State and local agencies working to encourage, promote and provide safe rooms and safe room planning. From workshops and design guides to grants and contractors, these partnerships make safe rooms accessible, affordable and above all, dependable. This poster is available in 2 versions - "original" and "economy". The "economy" version was created to minimize ink usage during in-house printing. This poster is also available as a handout.
- Go to ResourceFEMA has provided leadership of the National Dam Safety Program for over 25 years. This brochure provides the general public with an overview of FEMA’s role as lead agency and the responsibilities of the federal agencies that own, regulate, operate, and maintain dams. The brochure also describes the benefits of dams, including irrigation, electric power generation, flood control, and water storage.
Conceptual Framework and Basic Strategies and Tools for Implementing A Unified National Program for Floodplain ManagementGo to ResourceThis publication has been prepared in response to numerous requests from community and floodplain management officials and other decision makers for information on the strategies and tools for effective floodplain management and loss reduction efforts. It sets forth a conceptual framework and identifies strategies fundamental to implementing a balanced approach to floodplain management.
- Go to ResourceMitigation Planning How-To Guide # 2 (FEMA 386-2), the second guide in the State and Local Mitigation Planning How-To Series, provides step-by-step guidance on how to perform a risk assessment. Through a series of general and hazard-specific guidance and worksheets, the guide will help State, Indian Tribal, and local planning teams determine (1) which natural hazards could affect a jurisdiction; (2) what areas of the jurisdiction are vulnerable to the hazards; (3) what assets will be affected; and (4) to what degree they will be affected, as measured through dollar losses. This Guide is multi-hazard in scope, addressing flood, earthquake, tsunami, tornado, coastal storm, landslide and wildfire hazards. For communities dealing with multiple hazards, guidance is also provided on how to develop a composite loss estimate. Once the risk assessment is completed, State. Indian Tribal, and local officials will have the information necessary to develop a strategy and plan for reducing their losses.
- Go to ResourceFEMA published an Interim Final Rule in the FEDERAL REGISTER on September 13, 2004, that provides State and Indian Tribal governments with a mechanism to request an extension to the date by which they must develop State Mitigation Plans as a condition of receiving grant assistance. FEMA regulations outline requirements for State Mitigation Plans which must be completed by November 1, 2004, in order to receive FEMA grant assistance. This Interim Final Rule allowed FEMA to grant justifiable extensions, in extraordinary circumstances, for State and Indian Tribal governments of up to 6 months, or no later than May 1, 2005. In addition, this Interim Final Rule allowed mitigation planning grants provided through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation program to continue to be available to State, Indian Tribal, and local governments after November 1, 2004.
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A residential safe room is a small, specially designed (“hardened”) room, such as a bathroom or closet, or other space within the house that is intended to provide a place of refuge only for the people who live in the house. In areas subject to extreme-wind events, homeowners should consider building a residential safe room. Wind hazards, such as those associated with tornadoes and hurricanes, vary throughout the United States. The decision to build a safe room will be based largely on the magnitude of the wind hazard in a given area and on the level of risk considered acceptable.
- Go to ResourceThis Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) evaluates typical actions undertaken by FEMA to implement the Public Assistance (PA) Program to provide disaster relief to North Dakota counties as a result of historic and anticipated future flooding caused by rising water levels in the Devils Lake Basin. This PEA provides the public and decision-makers with the information required to understand and evaluate the potential environmental consequences of these actions and to consider these impacts in decision making. The purpose of this PEA is to help fulfill FEMA’s mandate under the PA Program to expeditiously provide disaster relief by expediting the environmental review process. FEMA will use this PEA to determine the level of environmental analysis and documentation required under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).
- Go to ResourceThe Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) is a unique partnership between FEMA and the U.S. Army, combining FEMA's long-standing experience in preparing for and dealing with all types of emergencies and the U.S. Army's role as custodian of the U.S. chemical stockpile. Since 1988, FEMA and the U.S. Army have assisted communities surrounding the eight chemical stockpile sites to enhance their abilities to respond to the unlikely event of a chemical agent emergency. The success of CSEPP initiatives depends on the productive working partnerships enjoyed by Federal, state, and local jurisdictions involved in the program.
- Go to ResourcePresentation on the HAZUS Flood Model using the Flood Information Tool (FIT)
- Go to ResourceThe Partnership Agreement is a broad statement of principle, emphasizing the value of the National Flood Insurance Program's three components of insurance, floodplain management, and mapping. The Partnership Agreement recognizes the fundamental importance of flood hazard identification in the successful reduction of future flood losses and the Partner's commitment to the effort.
Phase 1 Summary Report for Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis and Mapping for the Pacific Coast of the United StatesGo to ResourceThis report documents the results of a project to evaluate existing FEMA procedures for delineating coastal flood hazard areas in three major coastal regions of the United States—the Atlantic, Gulf, and Pacific—and to develop new guidelines and procedures for the Pacific region.The goal of this project is to incorporate recent advances in the sciences and in coastal engineering into a recommended approach for improved coastal flood hazard mapping, based on an understanding of local and regional coastal processes.
- Go to ResourceThe third in the GIS Tutorial Series, this module provides users with information on the use DFIRM, GIS, and other data to produce sample community applications within the context of FEMA's flood hazard mapping and mitigation efforts.
- Go to ResourceIndependent report recommending that FEMA be authorized to develop maps identifying coastal erosion hazard areas and include the cost of expected erosion losses when settling flood insurance rates for coastal areas, and presenting possible federal policy options.
- Go to ResourceTree and woody vegetation penetrations of earthen dams and their appurtenances have been demonstrated to be causes of serious structural deterioration and distress that can result in failure of earthen dams. Damage to earthen dams resulting from plant and animal penetrations is a significant dam safety issue in the United States. The purpose of this technical manual for Dam Owners, is to advance awareness of the characteristics and seriousness of dam safety problems associated with tree and woody vegetation growth impacts on earthen dams, provide a higher level of understanding of dam safety issues by reviewing current damage control policies, provide state-of-practice guidance for remediation design considerations associated with damages associated with tree and woody vegetation growth on earthen dams, and to provide rationale and state-of-practice techniques and procedures for management of desirable and undesirable vegetation on earthen dams.