Get a visual overview of what FEMA flood maps are and how the map update process works using the Flood Map Infographic.
FEMA maintains guidelines and standards to support the Risk MAP program, which define requirements for flood risk analysis and mapping products, Letters of Map Change and other Risk MAP activities.
This page discusses the Risk MAP program and what the program can mean to communities. This page is intended for a variety of audiences, including state and community officials; homeowners, renters and business owners; real estate, lending, insurance professionals; engineers, surveyors and architects.
What is Risk MAP?
Not only is flooding one of the most common and costly disasters, flood risk can also change over time because of new building and development, weather patterns and other factors. FEMA is working with federal, state, tribal and local partners across the nation to identify flood risk and help reduce that risk through the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program.
Risk MAP provides high quality flood maps and information, tools to better assess the risk from flooding and planning and outreach support to communities to help them take action to reduce (or mitigate) flood risk. Each Risk MAP flood risk project is tailored to the needs of each community and may involve different products and services. Learn more about the goals and long term vision of Risk MAP, how the program works and what it means for you in the sections below.
What Does Risk MAP Mean For You?
Everyone has a role to play when it comes to Risk MAP. While FEMA is responsible for the overall administration of the program, Risk MAP is a joint effort involving many other partners. Visit one of the following pages to learn what Risk MAP means for you.
- State and Community Officials
- Homeowners, Renters and Business Owners
- Real Estate, Lending and Insurance Professionals
- Engineers, Surveyors and Architects
Risk MAP Projects
What happens during a Risk MAP flood risk project? The Risk MAP Project Lifecycle page explains the different steps that can be involved for flood risk products.
There are many different flood risk projects underway in communities across the country. You can see if any currently funded projects are in progress in your community through Risk MAP Progress or by contacting your local floodplain administrator (often an official in the zoning or planning department).
FEMA also produces a monthly Notice to Congress update of flood mapping project milestones and estimated schedules as required by recent legislative changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Previous 2014 monthly Notices to Congress on flood mapping are also available in the FEMA Library.
Get more information about the Risk MAP program using the web pages and documents below:
- What is Risk MAP? Factsheet
- The Risk MAP Project Lifecycle
- Risk MAP Success Stories
- FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping
- FEMA Flood Map Service Center (The official source for FEMA flood maps)
- Flood Map Infographic
- FloodSmart.gov (The official website of the NFIP)
- Risk MAP and the NFIP fact sheet
- Risk MAP Multi-Year Plan (2010-2014)
- FEMA’s Risk MAP: National Digital Elevation Acquisition and Utilization Plan for Floodplain Mapping
- Risk Map Program: Reports to Congress
- Call (1-877) FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am through 6:30 pm (EST)
- Email a Map Specialist
- Chat with a Map Specialist Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)