Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) is a multiyear Presidential initiative supported by Congress that is directed at improving and updating the Nation’s flood hazard identification maps. These flood maps have been produced and used for 35 years under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), originally for the identification and depiction of flood hazard areas in communities and for setting flood insurance rates. However, they have come to be much more widely used for many purposes, including local planning, emergency preparedness and response, and natural resource management.
The modernization of the flood maps, which had been produced, printed, and distributed with traditional paper mapmaking methods, had its origins in the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (P.L. 103-325). Funding for Flood Map Modernization was first appropriated in fiscal year (FY) 2003, with additional funding provided in FY2004, FY2005, and FY2006.
As Map Mod reached the halfway point, FEMA performed a mid-program evaluation that considered input from Congress, the U.S. Government Accountability Office, the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, and other stakeholders. Progress toward Map Mod goals has been assessed, and FEMA is making changes in its implementation of Map Mod that will result in better-targeted and more accurate flood data, while also producing digital flood maps for a significant portion of the Nation. The results of that evaluation are presented in this report.
Resources related to the mid-course adjustment can be downloaded through the link below. These resources and an array of other useful FEMA, NFIP, and Map Mod resources are now located in the FEMA Library. To search for other resources in the FEMA Library, please click here.
Items in the Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment include:
David Maurstad's Notification Letter to Stakeholders
Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment Executive Summary
Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment
Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment Presentation
Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment FAQs