FEMA Releases Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan

Friday, July 10, 2009

As part of its activities related to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has begun the transition from Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod) to Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The vision for Risk MAP is to work collaboratively with State, local, and tribal entities to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and lead to action that reduces risk to life and property.

FEMA has identified a key goal for Risk MAP: Address gaps in flood hazard data to form a solid foundation for flood risk assessments, floodplain management, and actuarial soundness of the NFIP.

With FY 2009 Congressional appropriations for Flood Hazard Mapping, FEMA is initiating flood map update projects to address gaps in required engineering and mapping for high flood risk areas impacted by coastal flooding, levees, and other flood hazards (e.g., lakes, rivers, and ponds). The Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan provides the strategy for selection of FY09 Risk MAP flood map update projects and the planned schedule for their completion. It identifies those counties for which flood map update projects are being initiated in FY 2009 and the type of flood hazards being addressed by the engineering and mapping project (coastal, levee, other riverine flood hazards). Projects were selected in FY 2009 to leverage established Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) relationships. Those counties including CTP maintenance activities are identified in the Risk MAP FY09 Flood Mapping Production Plan.