Flood Risk Products go beyond the basic flood hazard information on regulatory flood hazard products. Flood Risk Products provide a deeper and user friendly analysis of flood risks within a Risk MAP Flood Risk Project.
Flood Risk Products help state, tribal, territories and local governments and community officials view and visualize their local flood risk, allowing communities to make informed decisions about reducing flood loss and mitigating potential damage from flood hazards. These individuals may include property owners, emergency management officials, community planners and developers, real estate and insurance specialists and other professionals and community decision-makers.
View and Download Your Community’s Flood Risk Products
Types of Products
The Flood Risk Products that may be available to your community are:
- Flood Risk Map (FRM)
- Flood Risk Report (FRR)
- Flood Risk Database (FRD)
These products are non-regulatory resources that supplement the flood hazard information produced by the regulatory Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and FIRM database products. Both the general public and government officials are encouraged to use these free resources to help make better informed decisions about preparing for and mitigating flood loss.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Flood Risk Products?
FEMA developed two sets of materials to explain the benefits, features, and potential uses of Flood Risk Products.
- The technical recipe cards provide steps that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) professionals can follow to combine community data with the Flood Risk products to create planning or mitigation tools.
- The non-technical set of recipe cards summarizes the features, benefits, and potential uses of the Flood Risk Products for those who are not familiar with using GIS.
Flood Risk Products
The FRP Overview recipe card explains the features, benefits, and potential uses of the Flood Risk Products and datasets.
Changes Since the Last Flood Insurance Rate Map (CSLF-FIRM)
The Changes Since the Last Flood Insurance Rate Map (CSLF-FIRM) recipe card shows how this dataset can display new and upcoming changes to floodplains, floodways, flood zones, and Coastal High Hazard Areas in an easy-to-use, color-coded format. The recipe card lists potential uses by property owners, insurance agents, lenders, real estate agents, engineers, elected officials, and community staff. It also includes a sample use: combining CSLF data with community building data in ArcGIS to identify the properties in areas newly designated as a floodplain, floodway, or Coastal High Hazard Area.
Water Surface Elevation Grids (WSEL)
The Water Surface Elevation Grids (WSEL) recipe card explains how the contents of this dataset support FEMA’s regulatory products -- Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Studies -- by displaying point-and-click flood elevations throughout the floodplain. The card lists potential uses by property owners, insurance agents, lenders, real estate agents, engineers, elected officials, and community staff. For example, it shows how depth grids can be combined with community structure data in ArcGIS to determine the base flood elevations at various structures.
The Depth Grids recipe card explains what is in this dataset and why it is so important. It lists potential uses by property owners, insurance agents, lenders, real estate agents, engineers, elected officials, and community staff. It provides an example of combining depth grids with community building data in ArcGIS to identify the depth of flooding at structures throughout the community, to use for planning flood mitigation projects where they are needed most.