Guidelines and Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping (9)

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains guidelines and standards to support the Risk MAP program. These guidelines and standards define the specific implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for NFIP flood risk analysis and mapping and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of letters of map change and related Risk MAP activities. Please visit the Guidelines and Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping page at http://www.fema.gov/guidelines-and-standards-flood-risk-analysis-and-mapping for more information.
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  • Document Control Procedures Manual

    The FEMA Document Control Procedures Manual (Manual) is to be used in conjunction with the guidelines and standards. The Manual provides guidance to FEMA, mapping partner and contractor staff for:

    Processing of standard and non-standard documents used in FEMA-contracted studies/restudies.

    Community-initiated map revisions.

    Conditional and final map revisions based on conditions other than fill.

    Conditional and final map revisions based on fill.

    Conditional and final map amendments.

    Letter of determination review and special conversions.

    The Manual also provides procedures and sample documents for use in tracking community compliance and documenting a community's entry into the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

  • Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners Archive

    These documents are archived versions of FEMA's Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners which have been superseded by the FEMA Standards Policy, updated guidance documents, or Technical References. When new and/or updated guidance and standards are developed, FEMA follows a documented process for soliciting feedback and vetting the updates prior to publication.

    To view the current version of these standards and guidelines, visit the Standards Policy or Guidance pages, respectively.

  • Flood Risk Templates and Other Resources

    Templates and Other Resources are a collection of documents used to support the implementation of Flood Risk Projects and may be referenced in standards, guidance, and technical references. The types of documents found here include templates, checklists, forms, database schemas, metadata profiles, product prototypes, and etc.

    To help you navigate the available templates/other resources and related documentation, there are additional instructions for Finding Standards, Guidance, and Related Documents.

  • Technical References

    Technical References are specifications of a technical nature essential to the success of the program but too granular to be considered standards. These are database, product and documentation requirements where consistency is needed.  There are a number of standards that mandate compliance with the Technical References.

    To help you navigate the available templates/other resources and related documentation, there are additional instructions for Finding Standards, Guidance, and Related Documents.

  • Guidance

    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.

    To help navigate the available guidance and related documentation, additional instructions are provided for Finding Standards, Guidance, and Related Documents.

  • Guidelines and Standards Policy

    The Policy for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping comprises the standards for practitioners of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. The standards define the specific implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood risk analysis and mapping and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of Letter of Map Changes (LOMC), and related Risk MAP activities. Standards are published separately from guidance as standalone statements that outline the required elements of the Risk MAP Program.

  • Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Public Review

    As part of each annual maintenance cycle, FEMA conducts a public review of all draft standards to maximize program transparency and ensure that each standard undergoes a thorough vetting by a wide range of Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) practitioners.

    The most recent public review announcement and the most recent summary of public review comments and associated responses are published on this page.

  • Finding Standards, Guidance and Related Documents

    The standards policyguidancetechnical references, and related documents all are stored in the online FEMA Library. FEMA has created a Master Index that provides a cross-reference of the guidelines and standards documentation available. There are over 400 standards in the policy, nearly 100 guidance documents, several technical references, a number of related templates, and other related documents. The Master Index helps organize this information by providing a cross-reference among the standards, guidance, technical references, and related documents. The core organizing principle is the primary keyword assigned to each standard and document. This keyword represents the topic most closely related to content and provides users with a resource to more easily locate related standards and guidance. The Master Index documents can be found at Finding Standards, Guidance and Related Documents.

  • Maintenance Announcement

    FEMA maintains standards and guidance on an annual basis to support the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. When FEMA begins the maintenance process for standards or guidance, a maintenance announcement is published detailing the proposed changes. The most recent Maintenance Announcement is published on this page.