A key objective of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) effort is to increase local involvement in, and ownership of, the flood mapping process. The MMMS program is one way that this objective is being met.
The purpose of MMMS is to provide, through a Cooperative Agreement, a means to ensure that MMMS partners can support the Map Mod effort through activities that do not directly result in production of a new or revised flood hazard map. These support activities include a variety of administration and management activities.
The MMMS partnership mechanism provides the opportunity to pool resources and extend the productivity of limited public funds. MMMS partners include State or regional agencies and federally recognized tribes that serve communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). MMMS partner activities include, but are not limited to, assessing mapping needs, reviewing hydrologic and hydraulic studies prepared for flood map revisions, and providing an inventory of base maps.
FEMA partners with State and regional organizations in the management of Map Mod activities for the following reasons:
Management participation will help to ensure that the products resulting from Map Mod do not conflict and are complementary, not duplicative.
MMMS provides a means to interject a tailored, local focus into a national program. Where unique conditions may exist, special approaches to communication, coordination, and compliance that may be necessary can be taken.
The MMMS partnership mechanism provides the opportunity to combine resources and extend the productivity of limited public funds.
The FEMA Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA) distributes a guidance document each year to assist FEMA staff and MMMS Partners in preparing, developing, and managing the activities of MMMS. This document is organized to assist the MMMS Partner and FEMA in administration, funded activities, eligibility and evaluation criteria, scoring criteria, reporting requirements, technical capabilities, contracting requirements, standards, certification, funding, and Cooperative Agreement management. Additionally, the guidance document informs MMMS Partners of programmatic issues that MMMS Partners should comment on in their business plan updates and includes a list of FEMA MMMS Regional Coordinators.
MMMS Business Plan Summaries
In addition to performing MMMS activities, participation in MMMS means that each MMMS Partner writes a 5-year business plan and updates it annually. These plans describe each MMMS Partner’s vision, approach, and capabilities for participation in Map Mod activities. Updates to the plans include past MMMS activities that the Partner has been performing and future MMMS activities that the Partner plans to perform. The MMMS business plans are key mechanisms for providing input to the Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan.
The MMMS Business Plan Summaries were developed by taking information from each Partner’s submitted business plan to produce a one-page summary that shows the relationship of eligible activities, resource allocations, and accomplishments. The summaries allow the Partners to provide feedback and to showcase their flood mapping efforts. Some of the activities that are highlighted from each plan include:
- Hydrologic and Hydraulic Review Management
- Managing Updates to the FEMA Levee Inventory System (FLIS)
- Information Technology Systems
For More Information on MMMS
Below are a number of links to useful FEMA, NFIP, and Map Mod resources. For other resources, please search the FEMA Library.
- Fast Facts on MMS Regional Coordinators
- MMMS Guidance for Cooperating technical Partners (CTP) Program
- Grants.gov Tools
- CTP Training Activities
- Levee Information
- Mapping Information Platform (MIP)