Technical References for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping

Technical References are specifications of a technical nature essential to the success of the program but too granular to be considered standards. These are database, product and documentation requirements where consistency is needed.  There are a number of standards that mandate compliance with the Technical References.

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel Technical Reference: Format for Flood Insurance Rate Maps

Data Capture Technical Reference (Nov. 2022)

Guidance for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping: Domain Tables Technical Reference, FEMA Spatial Databases (Nov. 2022)

Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Database Technical Reference: Preparing Flood Insurance Rate Map Databases (Nov. 2022)

Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report: Technical Reference (Nov. 2022)

Guidance for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping: Metadata Profiles Technical Reference

Guidance for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel Technical Reference

Coordinated Needs Management Strategy (CNMS) Technical Reference (November 2021)

Technical Reference: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel (December 2020)

This document provides the specifications for the content and graphic presentation of all of the elements of a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). Additional guidance on graphic presentation of individual FIRM elements may be found in the FIRM Graphics Guidance document. Guidance on base map elements may also be found in the Base Map and FIRM Panel Layout Guidance document.

Technical Reference: Flood Risk Database (FRD) (February 2018)

Technical Reference: Metadata Profiles (Feb 2018)

Last updated February 7, 2023