Risk Reduction: California
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.
Minimize Risk in California
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.
Virtual Flood Risk Open Houses
FEMA works with communities to provide information and resources online to view the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps. It’s important for property owners to understand options if they need to consider flood insurance, or if they disagree with the maps.
When face-to-face meetings are not always possible, a Virtual Flood Risk Open House can provide many of the same resources and a link to FEMA’s Flood Map Changes Viewer.
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 statements and related National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.