Living with Levees: Levee Outreach Resources

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This page provides community officials with levee outreach resources that they can utilize to make informed decisions and disseminate information to the public. Materials are provided for various categories of levees and information is subcategorized into various stakeholder groups that benefit from gaining more knowledge regarding levees from their community officials.

Community Officials: Levee Outreach Resources

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Levees and their ability to meet Federal minimum requirements for reducing flood risk have become an issue across the country. As levee status changes or comes under review, community officials must be able to communicate effectively with residents and business owners, the insurance community, lenders and real estate agents, as well as the media and other community leaders. The materials on the following pages were created to provide local government officials or agencies with templated, flexible materials to adapt and use to address flood risks behind levees and the flood insurance implications of levee status changes.

The materials cover many - but not all - of the communications needs of communities whose flood risk zones and Special Flood Hazard Areas are being remapped or revised. Users are encouraged to adapt the materials as needed and use the fact sheet templates to create any additional pieces they may need.


The materials are separated into four sections to address three core levee status designations and outreach:

Click on the section that most closely identifies the situation in your community. As you enter one of these three sections, you will see a brief explanation of the situation, the flood insurance implications and the importance of reaching out to residents and stakeholder groups. You can then choose to view materials created specifically for communicating with, and through, the following audience groups:

  • Residents and Business Owners;
  • Insurance Professionals; Lenders and Real Estate Agents; and
  • Community Leaders;

Each audience-specific page provides an explanation of the importance of reaching the particular group and a listing of materials and other resources you may find helpful, including:

  • Template materials available to adapt and distribute to this audience
  • FEMA resources that can be used to provide additional background information
  • Web sites offering more information

Materials and Formats

All of the template materials on this site were created in Microsoft Word to include key messages and information, while allowing them to be customized by end users. Red brackets clearly mark areas where community-specific information should be inserted. Directives inside the brackets suggest the appropriate information to include. Because they exist in Microsoft Word, the template documents are not designed for high-resolution printing, but they can be printed in color. FEMA resource materials are provided as PDF documents to protect their integrity. They can be printed, but not changed.

Get Assistance

Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions are provided for the following user groups: homeowners, engineers, surveyors and architects, insurance professionals and lenders and floodplain managers.

For additional information or assistance, contact a Map Specialist in the FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) through the following methods:

  • Call (1-877) FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) Monday through Friday, 8:00 am through 6:30 pm (Eastern Time)
  • Email the FMIX
  • Chat with a Map Specialist Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

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Last Updated: 
02/06/2015 - 08:21
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