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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.

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SizePublication Date
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidelines for Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis and Mapping for the Pacific Coast of the United States (Jan 2005)
7.28MJanuary 31, 2005
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Statistical Simulation Methods (Nov 2016)
1.08MNovember 30, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Accepting Numerical Models for Use in the NFIP
0.32M
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Base Level Engineering (BLE) (February 2018)
1.42MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: General Hydrologic Considerations (Feb 2018)
1.96MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Post-Flood Hazard Verification and Recovery Tools (Feb 2018)
0.34MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Discovery (Feb 2018)
0.70MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Incorporating Mitigation Planning Technical Assistance into Risk MAP Projects (Feb 2018)
0.56MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Project Planning (Feb 2018)
0.47MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Data Capture (Workflow Details) (Feb 2018)
0.01GFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Metadata (February 2018)
0.69MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) (February 2018)
1.74MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Quality Management (February 2018)
2.25MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: FIRM Database (February 2018)
3.48MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Depth and Analysis Grid (Feb 2018)
3.85MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Key Decision Point (KDP) Process (February 2018)
3.99MApril 18, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Levee (Feb 2018)
7.49MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Erosion (February 2018)
2.40MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Risk Assessment (February 2018)
1.57MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Appeals Comment Processing (February 2018)
1.35MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Database Verification Tool (February 2018)
0.65MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Changes Since Last FIRM (CSLF) (February 2018)
4.10MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: MT-1 (February 2018)
3.53MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Risk Map (February 2018)
1.58MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Risk Report (February 2018)
1.51MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfModel Acceptance Checklist (February 2018)
0.10MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Wave Runup and Overtopping (February 2018)
1.05MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Risk Databases (FRD) (February 2018)
0.58MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Hydrologic Rainfall Runoff Analysis (February 2018)
0.39MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Ice Jams (February 2018)
0.33MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Floodplain Mapping (February 2018)
1.35MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Areas of Mitigation Interest (AoMI) (February 2018)
3.09MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal General Study Considerations (February 2018)
0.84MFebruary 28, 2018
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Mapping Information Platform (MIP) (May 2017)
1.34MJuly 7, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Data Capture - General (May 2017)
0.40MJuly 13, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Geospatial Data Coordination (GDC) (May 2017)
0.77MJuly 13, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Letter of Final Determination (LFD) (May 2017)
0.40MJuly 18, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Post-Preliminary Deliverables (May 2017)
0.36MJuly 18, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Preliminary Distribution and Revised Preliminary (May 2017)
0.44MJuly 18, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Summary of Map Actions and Revalidation Letters (SOMA) (May 2017)
0.76MJuly 18, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Index (Nov 2016)
0.92MAugust 7, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Alluvial Fans (Nov 2016)
2.75MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Floodway Analysis and Mapping (Nov 2016)
0.34MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Hydraulics: One-Dimensional Analysis (Nov 2016)
0.33MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: General Hydraulics Considerations (Nov 2016)
0.41MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Hydraulics: Two-Dimensional Analysis (Nov 2016)
0.25MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Shallow Flooding Analyses and Mapping (Nov 2016)
0.28MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Notice-to-Users Revisions (Nov 2016)
0.82MJanuary 19, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Physical Map Revision (PMR) (Nov 2016)
1.14MJanuary 24, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Profiles (Nov 2016)
0.34MJanuary 24, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement FIS and FIRM Delivery Phase (Nov 2016)
0.38MJanuary 24, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Planning for Mitigation Action Phase (Nov 2016)
0.43MJanuary 24, 2017
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Flood Frequency and Extreme Value Analysis (Nov 2016)
0.43MDecember 14, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report (Nov 2016)
0.75MDecember 14, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Water Levels (May 2016)
0.76MAugust 23, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Graphics (May 2016)
2.69M
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Notation, Acronyms, and Glossary of Terms (May 2016)
0.45MAugust 23, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Contiguous Community Matching (May 2016)
0.09MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Project Planning Phase (May 2016)
0.19MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: LOMR Incorporation (May 2016)
0.19MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Preliminary National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Map Release Phase (May 2016)
0.23MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Projections Coordinate Systems (May 2016)
0.09MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Due Process Phase (May 2016)
0.30MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Data Product Development Phase (May 2016)
0.26MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Discovery Phase (May 2016)
0.29MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Dam-Specific Non-Regulatory Flood Risk Datasets (May 2016)
1.29M
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Mapping Base Flood Elevations on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (Nov 2014)
0.56MJanuary 7, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Stakeholder Engagement Risk Awareness Phase (May 2016)
0.77MAugust 4, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Overland Wave Propagation (Nov 2015)
0.29MDecember 18, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Levee-Specific Non-Regulatory Flood Risk Datasets (May 2016)
1.07MJuly 21, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Study Documentation and Intermediate Data Submittals (May 2014)
0.29MJuly 30, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Floodplain Boundary Standards (Nov 2015)
0.73MDecember 11, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Combined Coastal and Riverine Floodplain (May 2015)
0.15MJuly 15, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Automated Engineering (May 2016)
0.54MJuly 21, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) Mapping on FEMA FIRMs (May 2014)
0.74MAugust 6, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Federal Register Notices (Nov 2015)
0.43MDecember 15, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Base Map and FIRM Panel Layout (May 2016)
0.81MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Structures (Nov 2015)
0.21MDecember 18, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Zone A99 and Zone AR Determinations (May 2015)
0.15MJuly 15, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Elevation (May 2016)
0.16MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Non-Regulatory Datasets (May 2014)
0.67MAugust 23, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Technical Support Data Notebook and Flood Elevation Determination Docket (May 2016)
0.34M
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Wave Setup (Nov 2015)
0.79MDecember 28, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Versioning (Nov 2015)
0.11MJanuary 5, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Calculation of Incident Wave Height and Slope for use with TAW Wave Runup Method (May 2015)
0.10MJuly 15, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Mapping and Distribution (Nov 2014)
0.47M
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Documentation of Endangered Species Act Compliance for Conditional Letters of Map Change (May 2016)
0.29MJuly 29, 2016
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Coastal Data Capture (May 2014)
0.25MJuly 30, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Vertical Datum Conversion (May 2014)
0.33MJuly 30, 2014
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Levee Seclusion (Nov 2014)
1.26MJanuary 7, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Profile Baseline (Nov 2015)
1.06MDecember 11, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Redelineation (Nov 2015)
0.40MDecember 11, 2015
Icon for file of type application/pdfGuidance: Riverine Mapping and Floodplain (Nov 2015)
0.09MDecember 11, 2015