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Information for State & Local Officials

This page provides links to resources and information for state and local officials about the National Flood Insurance Program.

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  • The National Flood Insurance Program Desk Reference is organized into three distinct parts: before, during and after the flood. It's an easy-to-read guide to some of the key information about flood insurance policies. Community and state leaders, insurance industry professionals, as well as policyholders, renters, homeowners and businesses will find its resources helpful.

  • Coastal Barrier Resource System describes the Coastal Barrier Resources Act (COBRA) of 1982 and later amendments. These removed the Federal government from financial involvement associated with building and development in undeveloped portions of designated coastal barriers (including the Great Lakes).
  • Community Rating System provides information about CRS and how it saves participating communities money on their flood insurance while better protecting them against flood damage.
  • Community Status Book lists communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program within each state. Individuals in participating communities may purchase flood insurance.
  • FEMA Map Service Center allows you to view historical, preliminary, and effective flood maps and other NFIP products. You can even look them up by address.
  • Flood Map Information provides links to important flood map resources for the general public, flood insurance claims adjusters, agents and others.
  • Forms links to an assortment of forms for use by the general public, industry professionals and government officials interested in: claims adjusting; elevation certificates; submitting a Letter of Map Change (LOMC) request; floodproofing certificates for non-residential structures; ordering public awareness materials; ordering underwriting and claims materials; and getting a flood hazard determination.
  • Information for Homeowners and Renters provides information on accessing Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), requesting map amendments, and finding additional resources.
  • FEMA Regional Offices helps you find out which FEMA regional office is closest to where you are and how to contact someone in that office.
  • Get publications for state and local officials. Also, publications is helpful for policyholders and non-policyholders because it explains the NFIP and what to do before, during and after a flood, as well as why and how to purchase flood insurance. Many are available in Spanish.
Last Updated: 
09/25/2018 - 13:07