Community Engagement Prioritization Tool

The Community Engagement Prioritization Tool (CEP-Tool or CEPT) serves as a data-driven, decision-support tool for states and regions to prioritize engagements across three strategic attributes: Risk, Opportunity and Interest/Need.

The tool enables community prioritization in order to engage with technical assistance, training, outreach and compliance.

Community Engagement Prioritization Tool, v2.0

In October 2020, we proudly released version 2.0 of the Community Engagement Prioritization Tool. Version 2.0 is a massive upgrade from the Excel-based version released in 2019. Stakeholder feedback has helped us to create a visually compelling, more user-friendly, online version, accessible to all.

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Visit the CEPT ArcGIS page to access the tool and find webinar information.

Features and Capabilities

New features and upgrades include map visualizations, additional indicators, pre-configured engagement types, updated datasets, and more. The tool leverages location intelligence through the power of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to help users make smarter decisions.

This added spatial analysis capability lets users evaluate suitability and capability, interpret and understand, and much more, lending new perspectives to your insight and decision-making. Users may also appreciate the expansion which nearly doubles the number of indicators from the Version 1 tool. 

Example visualization of the Community Engagement Prioritization Tool, v2.0

The latest version of the CEPT helps to answer these questions:

  • Is this a post-disaster community?
  • What is the community’s history of mitigating high-risk properties?
  • Is there an opportunity to turnover building stock in this community?
  • Has the community demonstrated or expressed that they are interested in better managing flood risk?
  • What is the professional capability/capacity of the local government?
  • Does the community need assistance after receiving a new Flood Insurance Rate Map?
  • Are there significant gap areas within a state or FEMA Region which need greater attention?

Terms of Use

By using the CEPT, the user acknowledges that this data represents a static "moment-in-time" data pull (approximately May 2020), that the data may be updated at points in the future, and that some data is authoritative (i.e. insurance policies) while others are experimental (i.e. estimated population within the Special Flood Hazard Area).

All users should reference the Data Dictionary for a better understanding of the details of the data and methodologies which vary from one indicator to the next.

Visit the United States Census Bureau’s Experimental Data products for more information.

Contact Us

If you would like more information or to receive a more thorough training about CEPT v2.0, please email the FEMA Floodplain Management Division team.

If you are a State National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator, please reach out to your FEMA Regional Office or the FEMA Headquarters CAP-SSSE Coordinator with questions.

Learn more about the Community Assistance Program.

Last updated October 7, 2020