Flood Insurance Tutorials
GIS & Mapping Tutorials
FEMA develops multimedia tutorials to provide in-depth training on different facets of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to support public education and outreach efforts as part of the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) strategy.
These resources are intended for the general public (home, property, business owners), mapping professionals, mitigation planners and community officials interested in learning about available NFIP tools, including how to read a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Report and how to use FEMA flood hazard mapping software applications utilized in the NFIP. View system requirements.
Several software programs utilized in the NFIP are available for download, free of charge.
The following are software programs with online tutorials.
cHECk-RAS is a program designed to verify the validity of an assortment of parameters found in the HEC-RAS hydraulics program. The cHECk-RAS tutorial will demonstrate the many functions of the program, including basic information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers HEC-RAS program.
The Coastal Hazard Analysis Modeling Program (CHAMP) is a software program designed to enable the user to perform storm-induced erosion treatments, wave height analyses and wave runup analyses associated with coastal flood hazard assessments. The tutorial will demonstrate the many functions of the program including entering, visualizing, tabulating and charting data and performing coastal engineering analyses within a user-friendly environment.
Quick-2, Version 2.0, is the latest version of a hydraulic analysis program used to compute water-surface elevations in open channels of all types. The Quick-2 Tutorial exposes the user to single-lot and multiple-lot case studies, demonstrating much of the program's functionality along the way.
RASPLOT Version 2.1.0 replaces FEMA's FISPLOT program, which was previously used to develop flood profiles. The RASPLOT tutorial demonstrates the use of the software to generate flood profiles from HEC-2 and HEC-RAS models.
National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Revisions And Amendments
The LOMA/LOMR-F Tutorial Series explains these map change application processes, including all required forms and information. The LOMA/LOMR-F Tutorial series also provides users with an online tool to complete portions of the required forms.
The Online LOMC is a convenient way to request a LOMA from FEMA. Applicants may easily upload all information, supporting documentation and check the status of their LOMA application online. In this PowerPoint presentation, you will find information about LOMCs and a step-by-step guide through the online request submission process.
Geographic Information System (GIS) And Advanced Mapping Technology Tutorial Series
FEMA has developed three tutorials to provide information on GIS technology and how that technology is used for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) purposes.
This tutorial provides an overview of GIS technology, including what a GIS is, what is needed for a GIS, basic mapping terminology and how a GIS is used to produce maps and other information. This tutorial leads into a second, more advanced tutorial about FEMA's use of GIS technology to create Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs). Your device must meet the Online Tutorial System Requirements to play the tutorial. (Text Equivalent)
The second in the GIS and Advanced Mapping Technology tutorial series, this tutorial provides information on FEMA's use of GIS technology to create DFIRMs. Topics to be addressed include DFIRM components; graphic, base map and metadata specifications and database design. (Text Equivalent)
The third in the GIS and Advanced Mapping Tutorial Series, this tutorial provides information on the use of DFIRM and other GIS data to produce sample community applications within the context of FEMA flood hazard mapping and mitigation efforts. (Text Equivalent)
This tutorial provides instructions on how to find a FIRM for an area of interest and create a printable FIRMette.
This tutorial educates users on the use and application of FIRMs produced by FEMA in support of the NFIP. Each component of the FIRM is explored. The tutorial includes a section that contains examples of how to get specific information from FIRMs. (Text Equivalent)
This tutorial educates users on the use and application of FIS reports produced by FEMA in support of the NFIP. Each component of the FIS report, including the data tables and Flood Profiles, is explored and explained. (Text Equivalent)
The self-assessment tool provides information about the Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) Program to potential participants. The informative and easy-to-follow series of screens allows users to assess whether the CTP Program is a good fit for them and the organization they represent. (Tutorial Text Equivalent)
- Flash Player: Tutorials require installation of the Flash plugin. If you do not have Flash install, please download the free plugin.
- Screen Resolution: Tutorial can be run at any screen resolution; however, it is recommended that a resolution of 1024 x 768 be utilized for optimal functionality. If you run a lower screen resolution, you will have to scroll in order to view all of the content on each screen.
- Install Adobe Reader®: A certificate of completion may be generated at the end of a tutorial. The latest version of Adobe Reader is required to view this certificate, which is in PDF format. If you do not already have this version of the reader installed on your machine, please visit the Adobe Reader site and download it before running the tutorial.
- Software Application Installation and Datasets: If you do not have the software application installed on your computer, you may want to install the software before running the tutorial. The software is not required to view the tutorial but may be useful to interact with the application while completing the tutorial.
For additional information or assistance, contact a specialist in the FEMA Mapping and Insurance eXchange (FMIX).
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