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Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)

This page discusses the Risk MAP program and what the program can mean to communities. This page is intended for a variety of audiences, including state and community officials; homeowners, renters and business owners; real estate, lending, insurance professionals; engineers, surveyors and architects.


map of the United States showing FEMA regions

Region I Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

Region II Includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands

Region III Includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia

Region IV Includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee

Region V Includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin

Region VI Includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas

Region VII Includes Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska

Region VIII Includes Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah Wyoming

Region IX Includes American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands

Region X Includes Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington

What is Risk MAP?

Not only is flooding one of the most common and costly disasters, flood risk can also change over time because of new building and development, weather patterns and other factors. Although the frequency or severity of impacts cannot be changed, FEMA is working with federal, state, tribal and local partners across the nation to identify flood risk and promote informed planning and development practices to help reduce that risk through the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program

 The Risk MAP Reduce Loss of Life and Property Cycle begins with 1. Identify Risk, through mapping risk data; 2. Assess Risk, through assessing present and future risks (Goal- measure quantifiable risk reduction); 3. Communicate risk, and plan for risk; 4. Mitigate Risk, and then transfer risk and reduce risk.  Repeat cycle.

Risk MAP provides high quality flood maps and information, tools to better assess the risk from flooding and planning and outreach support to communities to help them take action to reduce (or mitigate) flood risk. Each Risk MAP flood risk project is tailored to the needs of each community and may involve different products and services. Learn more about the goals and long term vision of Risk MAP, how the program works and what it means for you in the sections below.

What Does Risk MAP Mean For You? 

While FEMA is responsible for the overall administration of the Risk MAP program, reducing risk to flooding and hazards is not a responsibility solely on the shoulders of one organization; everyone has a role to play. Whether you are an engineer performing a flood risk analysis, a state planner designing and implementing a hazard mitigation plan, or a well-informed homeowner who has purchased flood insurance, empowering individuals, organizations and communities to take proactive steps to reducing flood risk is an essential piece of Risk MAP. Visit one of the following pages to learn more about what Risk MAP means for you.

Using Risk MAP to Plan and Take Action

Risk MAP supports community resilience by providing data, building partnerships, and supporting long-term hazard mitigation planning. In particular, Risk MAP’s Flood Risk Products work alongside regulatory products to provide flood risk information and support your community’s overall floodplain management and hazard mitigation strategies.

The Flood Risk Products and datasets present information that can enhance hazard mitigation planning activities, especially the risk and vulnerability assessment portion of a hazard mitigation plan, and the development of risk-based mitigation strategies. Flood Risk Products can also help guide land use and development decisions and help you take mitigation action by highlighting areas of highest risk, areas in need of mitigation, and areas of floodplain change.

Risk MAP Projects

What happens during a Risk MAP flood risk project? The Risk MAP Project Lifecycle page explains the different steps that can be involved for flood risk products.

There are many different flood risk projects underway in communities across the country. You can see if any currently funded projects are in progress in your community through accessing the Risk MAP Progress interactive map or by contacting your local floodplain administrator (often an official in the zoning or planning department).

FEMA also produces a monthly Notice to Congress update of flood mapping project milestones and estimated schedules as required by recent legislative changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Previous monthly Notices to Congress on flood mapping are also available in the FEMA Library.

More Resources

Get more information about the Risk MAP program using the web pages and documents below:

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 (EST)
  • Email a Map Specialist
  • Chat with a Map Specialist Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)

Related Links

Take Action!

To understand your flood risk and view your flood maps, visit the Flood Map Service Center (MSC).

To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and how to get flood insurance, visit FloodSmart.

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Last Updated: 
01/27/2020 - 10:34