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Numerical Models Meeting the Minimum Requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program

This page provides a list of nationally and locally accepted models that meet National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements for flood hazard mapping activities, technical documentation for acceptable models and models no longer acceptable. This page is intended for engineers, surveyors, floodplain managers and FEMA mapping partners.

All computer models referenced from this web page have met the requirements of Subparagraph 65.6(a)(6) of the NFIP regulations that explain conditions by which a computer model may be used for flood hazard mapping. For further information on these regulations and to learn how to get a model added to this list, please refer to the Policy for Accepting Numerical Models for Use in the NFIP. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also developed the Conditional Permission to Disclose Source Codes and Users Manual and the Clarification of NFIP Criteria for Certification of Coastal, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Models. For further information on the FEMA policy of accepting GIS enhanced hydrology and hydraulics modeling tools, please refer to Memo: Policy for Accepting GIS Tools for Flood Hazard Mapping in the NFIP (August 2004).

The resources below include the current list of acceptable models, which have been separated into nationally and locally accepted categories; supporting technical documentation for certain acceptable models and a list of numerical models which FEMA no longer accepts for NFIP usage.

Current Nationally and Locally Accepted Models

Coastal Models
Includes  coastal storm surge, coastal wave height and coastal wave effect models.

Hydraulic Models
Includes one-dimensional steady flow, one-dimensional unsteady flow, two-dimensional steady/unsteady flow and floodway analysis models. Please reference Policy for the use of HEC-RAS in the NFIP .

Hydrologic Models
Includes single event and continuous event simulation models.

Statistical Models

Supporting Technical Documentation for Acceptable Models

Numerical Models No Longer Accepted

Please visit the Numerical Models No Longer Accepted by FEMA for NFIP Usage page for a list of unaccepted models.

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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
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Last Updated: 
04/10/2015 - 16:31