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Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (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. Although the frequency or severity of impacts cannot be changed, FEMA is working with federal, state, tribal and local partners across the nation to identify flood risk and promote informed planning and development practices to help reduce that risk through the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program.

What Does Risk MAP Mean For You? 

While FEMA is responsible for the overall administration of the Risk MAP program, reducing risk to flooding and hazards is not a responsibility solely on the shoulders of one organization; everyone has a role to play. Whether you are an engineer performing a flood risk analysis, a state planner designing and implementing a hazard mitigation plan, or a well-informed homeowner who has purchased flood insurance, empowering individuals, organizations and communities to take proactive steps to reducing flood risk is an essential piece of Risk MAP.

Learn more about what Risk MAP means for you.

Using Risk MAP to Plan and Take Action

Risk MAP supports community resilience by providing data, building partnerships, and supporting long-term hazard mitigation planning. In particular, Risk MAP’s Flood Risk Products work alongside regulatory products to provide flood risk information and support your community’s overall floodplain management and hazard mitigation strategies.

The Flood Risk Products and datasets present information that can enhance hazard mitigation planning activities, especially the risk and vulnerability assessment portion of a hazard mitigation plan, and the development of risk-based mitigation strategies. Flood Risk Products can also help guide land use and development decisions and help you take mitigation action by highlighting areas of highest risk, areas in need of mitigation, and areas of floodplain change.

Risk MAP Products

Risk MAP vs. Regulatory Products

Risk MAP Guidelines & Standards

Risk MAP Projects

Interactive Progress Map

View the interactive map to see if any currently funded projects are in progress in your community, or contact your local floodplain administrator (often an official in the zoning or planning department).

Risk MAP Project Lifecycle

Follow the different steps that can be involved across the lifecycle for flood risk products.

Success Stories

Read stories that provide examples of Risk MAP successes at different stages in the process.

Additional Resources

Hazard Mitigation Planning
Plan to minimize the impact of disasters.

FloodSmart
Learn how to get flood insurance.

Guides to Expanding Mitigation
A series designed to highlight innovative and emerging partnerships for mitigation.

Flood Map Service Center (MSC)
Understand your flood risk and view your flood maps.

Ready.gov
Make a plan and be ready for disaster.