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Guidance for FEMA's Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning

Guidance documents provide vetted recommended approaches for FEMA's Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. These guidance documents support current FEMA standards and facilitate effective, efficient implementation of the program. All guidance documents were written to support FEMA standards and align with current regulations, but are not mandatory. Alternate approaches that comply with standards and support program objectives are acceptable.

Guidance: Levee (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Dams/Reservoirs and Non-Dam Features (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Riverine Mapping and Floodplain Boundaries (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Graphics (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Discovery (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Stakeholder Engagement Project Planning and Discovery Process (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Stakeholder Engagement Preliminary Production Process (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Redelineation (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Coastal Floodplain Mapping (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Stakeholder Engagement Introduction and Key Terms (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Mapping Information Platform (MIP) (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Database (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Base Map and FIRM Panel Layout (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Floodway Analysis and Mapping (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Stakeholder Engagement Post-Preliminary Due Process (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Project Planning (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Coastal General Study Considerations (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Floodplain Boundary Standards (FBS) (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Incorporating Mitigation Planning Technical Assistance into Risk MAP Projects (Feb 2018)

Guidance: Coastal Structures (Nov 2019)

Guidance: Post-Flood Hazard Verification and Recovery Tools (Feb 2018)

Guidance: Base Level Engineering (BLE) (February 2018)

Guidance: Accepting Numerical Models for Use in the NFIP

Guidance: Coastal Statistical Simulation Methods (Nov 2016)

Post-Preliminary Due Process

Guidance: Federal Register Notices (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Appeal and Comment Processing (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Determination of Wave Characteristics (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Database Verification Tool (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Technical Support Data Notebook and Flood Elevation Determination Docket (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Data Capture (Workflow Details) (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Mapping Base Flood Elevations on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Versioning (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Post-Preliminary Due Process (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Notice-to-Users Revisions (Nov 2016)

Guidance: Physical Map Revision (PMR) (Feb 2019)

Guidance: National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Flood Profiles (Nov 2016)

Guidance: Hydrology Rainfall-Runoff Analysis (Feb 2019)

Guidance: General Hydrologic Considerations (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Index (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Coastal Flood Frequency and Extreme Value Analysis (Nov 2016)

Guidance: Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report (Nov 2016)

Coastal Wave Determination

Guidance: Coastal Water Levels (May 2016)

Guidance: General Hydraulics Considerations (Nov 2016)

Guidance: Coastal Notation, Acronyms, and Glossary of Terms (May 2016)

Guidance: Summary of Map Actions and Revalidation Letters (Feb 2019)

Guidance: Contiguous Community Matching (May 2016)

Guidance: MT-1 (Nov 2019)

Last updated July 13, 2020