This page serves as an archive of past "What's New in Flood Hazard Mapping" news items. It is a resource for those looking to learn more about the progress of FEMA's flood hazard mapping initiatives over time, including researchers, FEMA partners, oversight bodies, and the general public.
What's New Archive 2012
- May 2012
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)- Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, FEMA developed a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate the NFIP and to include proposed agency modifications to the program. The PEIS was led by FEMA’s Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration.
Development of the NFIP PEIS began with publication of the Notice of Intent in the Federal Register on May 16, 2012 (77 FR 95, pages 28891-28893). The evaluation process included the NFIP Stakeholder Listening Session with key stakeholders in November 2009. In addition, FEMA conducted two public meetings in December 2010 and opened a public comment period on four alternatives for NFIP Reform. Comments received were considered part of the scoping process for this PEIS.
The NFIP PEIS scoping period began on May 16, 2012, with the publication of Federal Register Notice 77 FR 28891. This publication began a 60 day comment period in which thirty-nine comments were received. Interested parties requested an extension of the comment period due to the passing of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. FEMA reopened the comment period on August 22, 2012, through publication in the Federal Register at 77 FR 50706. The 45 day comment period ended on October 9, 2012, and two comments were received. These Federal Register publications, attachments and comments received can be viewed at www.regulations.gov by searching for Docket ID FEMA–2012-0012.
What's New Archive 2011
- June 2011
Appendix I. Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a revised version of Guidelines and Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping, Appendix I: Discovery (Jul 2011). This appendix replaces the April 2003 version of Appendix I that contained the Project Scoping Toolbox and the guidance for Scoping and Pre-Scoping activities. The June 2011 version of Appendix I contains the guidance for conducting Discovery. Discovery is the process to be applied by FEMA Regions, Cooperating Technical Partners and other Mapping Partners in performing initial activities in a watershed of interest that may lead to a Risk MAP project being initiated.
If you have any questions on the revised Appendix I or Guidelines and Standards in general, please email FEMA GS at Femags@riskmapcds.com.
What's New Archive 2010
- October 2010
Live Chat Service
FEMA Map Information eXchange (FMIX) Map Specialists are availble for online chat; Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time (Eastern Daylight Time). To use Live Chat or for more information visit the FMIX page.
- February 2010
FEMA Map Service Center (MSC) and Map Assistance (FMAC) Contact Centers Combine to Form FMIX (FEMA Map Information eXchange)
The Contact Center for the Map Service Center (MSC) has been consolidated into the current FEMA Map Assistance Contact Center (FMAC) to increase efficiency as it will provide a one-stop shop for a variety of information, products, services and tools that support the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The toll-free number used by the FMAC, 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) should be used instead of the MSC number (1-800-358-9616). This MSC number was discontinued at the end of April 2010.
In addition, to reflect the consolidation of the contact centers the name of the FEMA Map Assistance Center (FMAC) changed to the FEMA Map Information eXchange, or FMIX. As stated, the phone number for the FMIX is the same as before, 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627). The FMIX, looks forward to helping you with any FEMA map related questions or orders. For more information or to contact a FEMA Map Specialist, please call 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or e-mail FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
- January 2010
FEMA Map Service Center (MSC) and Map Assistance (FMAC) Contact Centers Combine to Form FMIX (FEMA Map Information eXchange)
FEMA has developed this Guide for Community Officials to provide an overview of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and FEMA’s mapping program. The Guide provides detailed information on submittal and processing requirements for appeals, comments received during appeal periods, map revisions, map amendments, conditional map revisions and amendments, flood protection restoration determinations, adequate progress determinations and Letters of Determination Review. This document, MitDiv-12, supersedes FIA-12.
What's New Archive 2009
- October 2009
Paper to Digital Transition
Beginning on or after October 1, 2009, FEMA provided a single paper flood map and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) to each mapped community. FEMA has converted all other distribution of maps and FIS reports for digital delivery. FEMA continues to provide free digital map products and data to federal, state, tribal and local NFIP stakeholders. FEMA announced this change in the Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 206, titled 'Federal Emergency Management Agency Availability of Flood Hazard Maps and Data' (pg. 63184), issued on October 23, 2008. To read more about the digital transition, visit the Moving From Paper to Digital Flood Hazard Information Page.
- November 2009
Available for Review - Updated Version of APPENDIX C: Guidance for Riverine Flooding Analyses and Mapping
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has updated and revised the previously posted draft of Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, Appendix C: Guidance for Riverine Flooding Analyses and Mapping (Nov 2009) that was available online for public review and comment from November 2008 to February 2009. This Appendix describes the standards and methods to be applied by Mapping Partners in the performance and presentation of results for riverine flooding analyses and mapping. This updated and revised version will be available for public review and comment through November 2, 2009. Written comments and suggestions may be submitted to FEMA electronically by sending an e-mail message to FEMAGS@riskmapcds.com. Alternatively, comments and suggestions may be mailed to the address below or transmitted by facsimile to the number below:
8401 Arlington Boulevard
Fairfax, VA 22031-4666
Attention: Mathini Sreetharan
- September 2009
New Fact Sheet for Procedure Memorandum 53: Guidance for Notification and Mapping of Expiring Provisionally Accredited Levee Designations (Sept 2009)
FEMA has developed Procedure Memorandum 53: Guidance for Notification and Mapping of Expiring Provisionally Accredited Levee Designations - Factsheet (Sept 2009) that summarizes the requirements for the mapping of impacted areas landward of Provisionally Accredited Levee systems when the 24-month data and documentation submittal period expires. The requirements in Procedure Memorandum No. 53.
- July 2009
New Address for LOMC Submissions and Launch of LOMC Clearinghouse
Effective July 9, 2009, FEMA's Customer and Data Services (CDS) will launch the Letters of Map Change (LOMC) Clearinghouse, which will centralize the administrative functions associated with processing MT-EZ, MT-1 and MT-2 requests. Specific activities include creation of LOMC case files, upload and scanning of data, processing of associated fees, and distribution to the appropriate Production and Technical Services (PTS) firm for processing.
As a result, there is a new mailing address. Beginning immediately, requestors should mail their applications and supporting data to:
847 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, VA 22304-4605
Attn: LOMC Manager
Implementation of the LOMC Clearinghouse will benefit FEMA and its customers in several ways:
- Supports FEMA's overall vision to move from a paper-based process to an all-digital process
- Leverages existing systems already available through FEMA's Map Service Center (such as Automated Clearing House payment options and refunds), which provides more convenient and efficient fee processing options
- Keeps fee payment information with the LOMC case file from the beginning, which allows for faster and easier tracking
For more information about the LOMC Clearinghouse, please contact FEMA's Map Assistance Center at 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or e-mail a Map Specialist at FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com
- May 2009
Coastal Barrier Resources System Draft Maps
On April 7, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released to the public its Report to Congress: John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System Digital Mapping Pilot Project and announced the start of a 90-day public comment period. The report, which was directed by the Coastal Barrier Resources Reauthorization Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-514), highlights the benefits of updating Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) maps with more accurate and precise digital maps to better protect people, coastal areas and natural resources.
The public is invited to review and comment on the report to Congress and draft maps created for the 70 pilot project units. Comments must be received on or before July 6, 2009. Mail or hand-deliver comments to: Coastal Barriers Coordinator, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Room 860A, Arlington, VA 22203 or send comments by e-mail to: CBRAcomments@fws.gov.
- April 2009
FEMA Issues Procedure Clarifications for Evaluation and Mapping of Areas Impacted by Levee Systems
On April 24, 2009, FEMA issued two Procedure Memorandums to clarify guidance regarding the evaluation and mapping of levee systems provided in Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, Appendix H: Guidance for Mapping or Areas Protected by Levee Systems (Apr 2003)
Procedure Memorandum 52: Guidance for Mapping Processes Associated with Levee Systems (Apr 2009) provides guidelines for the mapping of impacted areas landward of levee systems. PM 52 provides mapping alternatives associated with accredited, non-accredited, and de-accredited levee systems based on the urbanization of the impacted area. PM 52 also establishes a nationally consistent process for notifying communities, non-community levee system owners and operators, and other stakeholders. Sample letters that can be used for the notifications are provided as attachments to PM 52.
Procedure Memorandum 53: Guidance for Notification and Mapping of Expiring Provisionally Accredited Levee Designations - Factsheet (Sept 2009) provides procedures for the mapping of impacted areas landward of Provisionally Accredited Levee (PAL) systems when the 24-month data and documentation submittal period expires. PM 53 also provides guidelines for sending written notifications to communities, levee system owners, and other stakeholders when a PAL period is about to expire. A sample letter that can be used for this notification is provided as an attachment to PM 53.
Risk MAP Multi Year Plan
FEMA is initiating Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) and has developed a multi year plan spanning FY10-FY14. The vision for Risk MAP is to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and leads to action that reduces risk to life and property. The plan was approved on March 16, 2009.
- March 2009
FEMA Issues Policy and Procedures Protocol for Contractors Who Use and/or Order Paper Flood Insurance Maps and Map Products
On March 31, 2009, FEMA issued Procedure Memorandum 48: Protocol for Contractors Who Use and/or Order Paper Flood Insurance Maps and Map Products (Mar 2009), "Protocol for Contractors Who Use and/or Order Paper Flood Insurance Maps and Map Products." As part of the transition to digital products, PM 48 changes FEMA's policy for providing paper products to contractors:
- After March 31, 2009, the Map Service Center will charge FEMA contractors for paper maps.
- Starting on October 1, 2009, only digital products will be available to FEMA contractors.
FEMA will continue to provide digital products to contractors at no charge during and after this transition. Contractors who use paper maps and reports in the study process should start planning now to transition to digital maps and reports. Information about the new digital tools is available through the FEMA Map Service Center.
- March 2009
Letters of Map Change (LOMC) Clearinghouse
FEMA's Customer and Data Services (CDS) launched the LOMC Clearinghouse, which centralizes the administrative functions associated with processing MT-EZ, MT-1 and MT-2 requests. Specific activities include creation of LOMC case files, upload and scanning of data, processing of associated fees and distribution to the appropriate Production and Technical Services (PTS) firm for processing. LOMC requesters should mail their applcations and supporting data to the LOMC Clearinghouse mailing address:
847 South Pickett Street
Alexandria, VA 22304-4605
Attn: LOMC Manager
- February 2009
FEMA Issues Guidance for Mapping of Non-Levee Embankments Previously Identified as Accredited
On February 27, 2009, FEMA issued Procedure Memorandum 51: Guidance for Mapping of Non-Levee Embankments Previously Identified as Accredited (Feb 2009), "Guidance for Mapping of Non-Levee Embankments Previously Identified as Accredited." PM 50 applies to studies/DFIRMS that meet both of the following criteria:
The procedures provided in PM 51 are for situations where the community does, and where the community does not, agree to undertake further study.
- An area was incorrectly identified as not subject to the base flood on a Preliminary DFIRM issued after August 22, 2005.
- A sound technical justification for the delineation of the flood hazards in the vicinity of the embankment is unavailable.
- January 2009
Letter of Final Determination (LFD) Distribution Change
As part of its Digital Vision initiative, FEMA set a goal of converting hard-copy flood hazard information to digital data. In keeping with this initiative, FEMA discontinued mailing hard copies of documents enclosed with LFDs as of January 1, 2009.
Communities will still receive a hard copy of the LFD, but instead of receiving enclosures with the letter, FEMA now makes them available on FEMA's Web site.The five enclosures to the LFD that will no longer be included with the letter include:
- Answers to Questions about the NFIP
- Title 44 of the Code of Federal Regulations
- Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Effect that Revised Flood Hazards Have on Existing Structures
- Use of Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Data as Available Data; and
- The Elevation Certificates necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain ordinances.
What's New Archive 2008
- December 2008
FEMA Issues Policy and Procedures for Identifying and Mapping Areas Subject To Wave Heights Greater Than 1.5 Feet
On December 3, 2008, FEMA issued Procedure Memorandum 50: Policy and Procedures for Identifying and Mapping Areas Subject to Wave Heights Greater than 1.5 feet as an Informational Layer on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) (Dec 2008). For all new detailed coastal study starts in Fiscal Year (FY) 2009, the landward limit of waves 1.5 feet in height will be delineated on the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) and included in the DFIRM database as an informational layer with no NFIP floodplain management requirements or special insurance ratings. As indicated in PM 50, FEMA encourages, but does not require, communities to adopt higher standards than the minimum NFIP requirements in these areas.
- FEMA Issues Updated Quality Control Requirements for DFIRM Production Process
On December 1, 2008, FEMA issued a revised version of Procedure Memorandum 42: Quality Control Requirements in the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map Production Process (Jun 2007), which provides guidance for seven quality control reviews to be performed during the DFIRM production process. FEMA issued the original version of PM 42 on June 20, 2007. The revised version of PM 42 only partially supersedes the requirements in the original version of PM 42; therefore, both memorandums are effective for their relevant sections.
- Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program Guidance for Fiscal Year (FY) 2009 Available
FEMA has developed a guidance document for FY 2009 (October 1, 2008 - September 30, 2009). The guidance in this document assists FEMA and Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) participants with preparing, developing, and managing CTP Program activities. This document addresses administration, funded activities, eligibility and evaluation criteria, reporting requirements, technical capabilities, contracting requirements, standards, certification, funding, and cooperative agreement management for the CTP Program. This guidance document is updated each fiscal year. Visit the CTP Program main page for additional information on this program.
- November 2008
Revised Draft Version of Appendix C, "Guidance for Riverine Flooding Analyses and Mapping," Available for Public Review and Comment
FEMA has developed a revised draft version of Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, Appendix C: Guidance for Riverine Flooding Analyses and Mapping (Nov 2009). This Appendix describes the standards and methods to be applied by Mapping Partners in the performance of, and presentation of results for, riverine flooding analyses and mapping. The revised document and an accompanying summary of changes included in the revised draft version will be available in the FEMA Library for public review and comment through February 20, 2009.
- July 2008
Revised Draft Version of Data Capture Standards (DCS) Available for Review
FEMA has developed a revised draft version of the DCS that are included in the Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners as Appendix N. The revised document is available for public review and comment through September 30, 2008. A Web forum is being used to allow interested parties to post questions and comments. A summary of common questions and answers will also be published periodically on the DCS Public Review Summary page.
- June 2008
Policy for the Use of Digital Flood Hazard Data
The FEMA Mitigation Directorate is implementing a new policy for the use of digital flood hazard data developed for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The purpose of the policy is to clarify the NFIP approach to the implementation of Section 107 of the Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (42 USC 4101).
FEMA's goal is to reduce the reliance on paper products. The policy is structured to allow the continued use of paper maps for those who prefer this method. However, for NFIP stakeholders interested in using the new digital processes and products, this policy will enable them to take full advantage of the new digital maps FEMA is producing through its Map Mod effort. FEMA wishes to transition to digital processes for distributing and reading the flood maps. These new digital capabilities of the flood maps will:
- Enable significant advantages in capability, precision, and cost;
- Reduce costs associated with paper map production, handling and storage;
- Encourage the use of quality local data to make administration of the NFIP more efficient and effective.
Updated Map Change Application Forms Now Available
The following application forms have been updated and are now available in the FEMA Library.
- MT-EZ Form (Application Form for Single Residential Lot or Structure Amendments to National Flood Insurance Program Maps). This form is used to request that FEMA remove the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)Â designation from a single structure or a legally recorded parcel of land or portions thereof, described by metes and bounds certified by a Registered Professional Engineer or Licensed Land Surveyor, by issuing a Letter of Map Amendment. The SFHA is the area, shown on an NFIP map, that will be inundated by the flood having a 1-percent chance of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (also known as the base, or 100-year, flood). The mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements of the NFIP apply to insurable structures in the SFHA. The MT-EZ application form and instructions can be downloaded from the FEMA Library.
- MT-1 Forms Package (Application Forms for Conditional and Final Letters of Map Amendment and Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill). The forms in this package were designed to assist requesters (community officials, individual property owners, and others) in gathering the information that FEMA needs to determine whether property (i.e., structure(s), parcel(s) of land) is likely to be flooded during the 1-percent-annual-chance flood event.
The forms and instructions in this package are to be used to request multiple-lot/multiple-structure Letters of Map Amendment (LOMAs), Conditional Letters of Map Amendment (CLOMAs), Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-Fs), and Conditional Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill (CLOMR-Fs). The forms in this package may be used for property that has been inadvertently included in a V zone or the regulatory floodway. However, if the property is to be removed from a V zone, it must not be located seaward of the landward toe of the primary frontal dune. The MT-1 application forms and instructions can be downloaded from the FEMA Library.
- MT-2 Forms Package (Application Forms for Conditional Letters of Map Revision and Letters of Map Revision). The forms and instructions included in this package were designed to assist requesters (community officials or individuals via community officials) in gathering the data that the FEMA needs to determine whether the effective NFIP map and Flood Insurance Study report for a community should be revised. These forms also should be used by community officials or individuals via community officials for requesting FEMA comments on a proposed project, which are issued in the form of a Conditional Letter of Map Revision. These forms will provide FEMA with assurance that all pertinent data relating to the revision are included in the submittal. They also will ensure that: (a) the data and methodology are based on current conditions; (b) qualified professionals have assembled the data and performed all necessary computations; and (c) all individuals and organizations affected by proposed changes are aware of the changes and will have an opportunity to comment on them. The MT-2 application forms and instructions can be downloaded from the FEMA Library.
- May 2008
Mapping Requirements for Levee Construction and Restoration Projects Now Available
When communities, State agencies, and Federal agencies undertake construction and restoration projects to provide a 1-percent-annual-chance level of flood protection, they likely will want to submit the appropriate data and documentation to FEMA, so that FEMA may present updated, accurate flood hazard and risk information on the affected NFIP maps and related documents. The required data and documentation will vary, depending on the type of determination that the community would like FEMA to make regarding the project and the flood insurance risk zone designation that the community would like FEMA to include on the effective map for that community. Therefore, it is important for communities to know the requirements, responsibilities, and impacts that these options will have on community residents and business owners.
The FEMA requirements for construction and restoration projects are presented in Sections 61.12 and 65.14 of the NFIP regulations, in Appendix H of Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners, and in Procedure Memorandums. To clarify the requirements and explain responsibilities and impacts, FEMA has developed some additional guidance, including Web pages, Fact Sheets, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The Fact Sheets and FAQs are available from the FEMA Library and are accessible through the Zone AR and Zone AR Web pages.
MHIP Version 3.0 Is Now Available
FEMA has released the latest version of the Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan (MHIP). Version 3.0 details the FEMA plan for prioritizing and delivering modernized flood maps for areas of the United States with the greatest flood risk. MHIP Version 3.0 amends MHIP Version 2.0, dated September 2006, and MHIP Version 2.5, dated April 2007. MHIP Version 3.0 provides the following:
- Detailed tables of flood map production targets;
- Stakeholder input information;
- Summary of FEMA's progress in meeting the Key Performance Indicators for Map Mod; and
- Appendices that provide a detailed listing by State and county for all map production activities, scheduled and completed.
MHIP Version 3.0, as well as previous versions, is available through the Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan pages on the Flood Hazard Mapping Website. Interested parties with questions pertaining to the updated flood map production sequencing in MHIP Version 3.0 are encouraged to contact the appropriate local and State officials, who are working with one of the 10 FEMA Regional Offices.
Revised Guidance on Levee Notation Now Available
Levee systems have been identified in over one-quarter of the counties for which modernized FIRMs—Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs)—are being prepared. Therefore, FEMA has been working, and continues to work with Federal, State, and local professionals and technical partners to determine the flood protection and risk-reduction capabilities of the Nation's levee systems and to accurately reflect the flood hazard and risk in "levee-impacted" areas on the DFIRMs.
Although FEMA is not responsible for constructing, maintaining, operating, or certifying levee systems FEMA does develop and enforce the regulatory and procedural requirements that are used to determine whether a levee system should be credited with providing 1-percent-annual-chance flood protection on an NFIP map. Recently, FEMA reviewed its existing guidance regarding the mapping of levee-impacted areas and determined that some guidance was needed to provide clarity and minimize confusion regarding the levee notes that are to appear on NFIP map panels on which accredited levee systems and Provisionally Accredited Levee systems appear. FEMA issued the guidance on May 12, 2008, in the form of Procedure Memorandum No. 45 (PM 45), Revisions to Accredited Levee and Provisionally Accredited Levee Notations. Procedure Memorandum 45: FAQ (Oct 2012) was developed to explain the new requirements are available from the FEMA Library.
What's New Archive 2007
- September 2007
Draft Concept Paper
The Draft Concept Paper "FEMA's Flood Map Modernization-Preparing for FY09 and Beyond: Integrated Flood Data Update, Risk Assessment, and Mitigation Planning" is being provided so that stakeholders who utilize and are impacted by FEMA flood hazard data and maps can provide input. Comments are welcome by e-mail on the Draft Concept Paper. Comments submitted by November 15, 2007, will be considered in FEMA's planning efforts for FY09 and beyond. Because FEMA's planning efforts are in their initial stages, specific replies to comments received will not be provided. However, comments provided on these concepts will be fully considered as FEMA plans for flood mapping efforts progress.
- August 2007
Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS)
The purpose of the MMMS program is to provide, through a Cooperative Agreement, a means to ensure that MMMS partners can support the Map Modernization effort through activities that do not directly result in production of a new or revised flood hazard map. These support activities include administration and management activities. Through these Web pages, users can access guidance, business plans, and other key MMMS information.
- July 2007
Flood Map Modernization Video
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed a new Flood Map Modernization video (Map Mod). The video made its debut at the Association of State Floodplain Managers Annual Conference in Norfolk, Virginia, on June 6, 2007. The video is available on the Internet from the FEMA Library in the Windows Media Video and Apple QuickTime formats. The video is approximately 8.5 minutes long; includes a narrative of the past, present, and future of the mapping component of the National Flood Insurance Program; and provides valuable information and resources.
- February 2007
FY 2007 Guidance for Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) and Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS) Programs
The purpose of the Fiscal Year 2007 Guidance Document is to assist FEMA staff and MMMS Partners in preparing, developing, and managing MMMS and FY 2007 Guidance for Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) and Map Modernization Management Support (MMMS) Programs Now Available February 2007 CTP Program activities. This document is organized to assist the MMMS and CTP Program partners and FEMA staff in administration, funded activities, eligibility and evaluation criteria, scoring criteria, reporting requirements, technical capabilities, contracting requirements, standards, certification, funding, and Cooperative Agreement management.
What's New Archive 2006
- December 2006
Document Control Procedures Manual
In September 2006, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) issued an updated version of the FEMA Document Control Procedures Manual. The Manual is used by FEMA, mapping partners, and contractor staff as guidance for the processing of standard and non-standard documents used in processing 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, Letters of Determination Review, and special conversions. The Manual also provides procedures and sample documents for use in tracking community compliance and documenting communities' entry into the NFIP. In December 2006, FEMA issued a revised version of Procedure Memorandum 13: Document Control Procedures Manual (Jun 2001) to implement the use of the September 2006 version of the Manual.
- September 2006
Levee Guidance and Informational Documents
Identifying the flood risk behind levees is an important part of FEMA's Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) effort. Levees are present in more than one-fourth of the counties to be mapped or remapped as part of the Map Mod effort. Therefore, FEMA works with Federal, State, local, professional, and technical partners to determine the flood protection capabilities of levees and to map the risk of flooding behind levees. FEMA encourages owners of property behind levees to understand their flood risk, obtain flood insurance, and adhere to local evacuation procedures. Guidance and informational documents are available for the following stakeholder groups:
- Homeowners and the General Public
- State and Community Officials
- Floodplain Managers, Surveyors, Engineers, and Architects
- Real Estate, Insurance, and Lending Industry Professionals
Provisionally Accredited Levee Guidance
FEMA issued Procedure Memorandum 43: Guidelines for Identifying Provisionally Accredited Levees (Sept 2006), on September 25, 2006. Procedure Memorandum No. 43 and associated guidelines document provide FEMA, mapping partners, and contractor staff with guidance for showing flood hazard and risk information for areas behind levees on Flood Insurance Rate Maps and clarifies procedures and timelines for the submittal of levee documentation to comply with Section 65.10 of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations.
Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan (MHIP), Version 2.0
The MHIP describes the strategy, schedule, and budget developed by FEMA for producing flood hazard data and maps to administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It is a living document that is updated annually through a collaborative process to engage stakeholders.
Letter of Final Determination (LFD)
A LFD is a letter sent to a community stating that a new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) will become effective in 6 months and each participating; flood prone community must adopt a new or updated compliant floodplain management ordinance by that effective date. The LFD list is a consolidated list of all LFDs distributed to communities for a specific FIRM effective date and is available online. It is prepared biweekly on predetermined LFD dates, 6 months prior to the FIRM effective date.
- June 2006
Draft Floodplain Boundary Audit Procedures Available for Comments Online
The Draft Floodplain Boundary Audit Procedures document provides an overview of the audit process, outlines the process for selecting projects for audits, explains how to determine risk classes, provides an overview of data compilation needed for audits, describes the audit procedures, and presents reporting requirements for audit results. The comment period for these procedures ended on August 15, 2006.
- March 2006
The Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment
The Flood Map Modernization Mid-Course Adjustment outlines in detail the purpose of the National Flood Insurance Program, status of the Flood Map Modernization initiative, benefits of Flood Map Modernization and the Mid-Course Adjustment.
What's New Archive 2005
- October 2005
Final Draft Guidelines for Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis and Mapping
The Final Draft Guidelines for Coastal Flood Hazard Analysis and Mapping for the Pacific Coast of the United States, prepared November 2004, and Section D.4.5 was revised January 2005, are now available online for download. In addition, the Phase 1 Summary Report, prepared February 2005 is also available for download.
Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Guidance Document FY2005. The CTP Guidance Document provides programmatic requirements and procedures, as well as providing FEMA regional points of contact. View more information on the CTP Program Guidance Document for Fiscal Year 2005.
- August 2005
Final Data Capture Standards and Final Data Capture Guidelines
The Data Capture Standards and associated Data Capture Guidelines define the content and format of the engineering data deliverables that result from the flood insurance study process.
The final Data Capture Standards and the Final Data Capture Guidelines can be downloaded from the FEMA Web site at Guidelines and Standards for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping.
- June 2005
Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan (MHIP), Draft FY05-FY09, Version 1.5
The MHIP describes FEMA's strategy for updating flood maps used for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) purposes. It builds on the recommendations of the Technical Mapping Advisory Council, as well as FEMA's objectives for Map Modernization. View More Information on the MHIP.
Moore County, NC Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations
On June 17, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Moore County, North Carolina and incorporated areas for public review. View More Information on the Moore County, NC Map Change.
- May 2005
Town of Hanover, MA Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations
On May 24, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary FIS report and FIRM for the Town of Hanover, Massachusetts for public review. View More Information on the Town of Hanover, MA Map Change.
Alamance County, NC Proposed Flood Elevation Determination
On May 19, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary FIS report and FIRM for Alamance County, North Carolina and incorporated areas for public review. View More Information on the Alamance County, NC Map Change.
Durham County, NC Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations
On May 5, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary FIS report and FIRM for Durham County, North Carolina and incorporated areas for public review. View More Information on the Durham County, NC Map Change.
Orange County, NC Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations
On April 28, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary FIS report and FIRM for Orange County, North Carolina and incorporated areas for public review. View More Information on the Orange County, NC Map Change.
Wake County, NC Preliminary FIS and FIRM
On April 6, 2005, FEMA issued a preliminary FIS report and FIRM for Wake County, North Carolina and incorporated areas for public review. View More Information on the Wake County, NC LOMR.
- February 2005
Sacramento, CA LOMR
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has restored levees along the American River in the City and County of Sacramento, California. On February 18, 2005, FEMA issued a Letter of Map Revision (LOMR) that revised the floodplain in the City and County of Sacramento. View more information on the Sacramento, CA LOMR.
What's New Archive 2003
- Fiscal Year (FY) 2003- FY 2008
Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod)
Through Map Mod, FEMA is transforming the nation's flood maps into more reliable, easier-to-use and readily available maps.
The Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan (MHIP) describes the strategy, schedule and budget developed by FEMA for producing flood hazard data and maps to administer the NFIP. It is a living document that is updated annually through a collaborative process to engage stakeholders.
As part of its commitment to improve the nation's flood hazard maps and in response to stakeholder feedback, FEMA performed a comprehensive review of Map Mod. This review is referred to as the Mid-Course Adjustment. As a result of the Mid-Course Adjustment, FEMA prioritized funding based on a goal of mapping 90 percent of the nation's highest-risk areas.