Risk Reduction: West Virginia
Find Your Flood Map
The first step to understanding the risks in your area begins with reviewing flood maps.
On the FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) you may research, view and download (free) the available inventory of products such as flood maps, the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report that accompanies the flood map and other mapping products.
FEMA's Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program empowers individuals, organizations and communities to take proactive steps to reduce flood risk. 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, learn how Risk MAP can help.
View Region 3 mitigation data using “MitMaps,” which combine numerous resources to communicate natural hazard risk information in Region 3.
Minimize Risk in West Virginia
Risk Reduction for Your Home
Investing in actions to reduce risks now can mean far less impact from floods or other hazards. It can also improve property values, enhance public spaces to enjoy now and protect for tomorrow and reduce National Flood Insurance Program policy premiums.
Effective mitigation isn’t always grand and expensive. Efforts vary from person to person and are dependent on property, flood zone and many other variables. For example, it might not be necessary to elevate your home. Elevating electrical appliances or using flood-resistant materials, like tile instead of carpet, can still offer financial protection for a property.
Risk Reduction for Your Community
Risk reduction is most effective when it is based on a comprehensive, long-term plan that is developed before a disaster occurs. The hazard mitigation planning process allows community partners to assess risks and capabilities and to identify local policies and actions that can reduce risk.
Potential impacts to the environment and cultural resources must be considered when a community applies for FEMA funding through Public Assistance, Hazard Mitigation Assistance and Preparedness Grants.
- Find resources to help conduct an environmental and historic preservation review
- Get guidance for grant applications
- Visit FEMA's repository of environmental assessments, environmental impact
- View West Virginia's environmental and historic preservation resources, including environmental assessments, environmental impact statements and other related National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) documents.