Flood Mapping, Risk MAP Products, & Risk Assessments

FEMA is charged with producing and maintaining the Flood Hazard Information to support the National Flood Insurance Program. FEMA, through the Risk MAP Program, also produces other products to help increase risk awareness and lead to actions that reduce risk across the Nation. The Risk MAP Program seeks to advance actions by working with States, tribes, and local communities to identify potential mitigation actions they can take to reduce risks, delivering products such as risk assessment information to the community to help them better understand and manage their risks.

Please share ideas on making the Flood Mapping development as well as the creation of the other Risk MAP Products more efficient and streamlined including ways to identify and utilize the best available data for every community and have that data available for awareness, risk assessment, and risk management decision making.

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Interactive Tables and Profiles

Be able to develop things like a cross section table or profile on the fly. Somehow be able to select an area and then automatically generate the information for just your area of interest. Or be able to click on the profile baseline (or maybe a cross section) and be able to pull up the image of the pre-canned profile or cross section table for the selected point. For our area cross sections tables should also include ...more »

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Unmodernized map panels

FEMA constantly hears concerns about completing the job of Map Modernization and fully modernizing the remainder of the paper map inventory. Are there current technologies or techniques that FEMA should consider in order to address this issue in the near future?

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Dealing with Zone A flood zones

Nearly 80% of FEMA's map inventory is comprised of riverine miles that do not have water-surface elevations associated with them. Without these elevations, effectively managing these floodplains is a challenge at a local level. Should FEMA be more concerned with producing a FIRM product that escalates these flooding sources to a flood study with detailed engineering information (i.e. BFEs, floodways, depth grids, etc) ...more »

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Varying levels of levee ceritification

There ought to be varying levels of levee certification based on the type of flooding source. For example, a 40-foot tall levee along the Missouri river that could be impounding water for weeks or months is very different from an ephemeral stream in the west that will only convey 60 cfs in a 100-year event for an hour or two. Right now, both of these levees are required to be built based on the same standard with the ...more »

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generating demand

FEMA needs to leverage its current investment in RISK MAP by fostering the dissemination and interaction of RISK MAP data to include DFIRM’s, LIDAR, Flood Risk Reports, Areas of Mitigation Interest, Flood Insurance Studies, and other Non-Regulatory Products. There is a need for a robust, layered, public facing web viewer that allows homeowners access to flood hazard information which, they can use and understand to make ...more »

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What is Risk Map

After several years and several conferences, I have yet to hear what Risk Map is exactly. Yes, touchy/feely explanations, but nothing that explains how it will be used in the field. The program has been poorly defined and I feel that it is beginning to hurt the credibility of the overall flood program. Go back to the drawing board and come up with a program that clearly defines limits of RISK (if desired) or go back to ...more »

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Pilot Testbed

To encourage innovation, creation, and adoption of new technological solutions, FEMA may wish to consider creating an environment - a "pilot testbed" – that is free to operate outside formal IT protocols for conceptualizing and testing new tools for producing and distributing risk data to facilitate community engagement. This environment would be a growing field where industry players can show the Agency what can be ...more »

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Map Change Viewer (National Solution)

To ensure stakeholders fully understand the changes occurring as a result of the issuance of a preliminary FIRM, a more robust map viewing option is recommended for this information. Currently, the preliminary and effective FIRMs for any given community are viewable separately through the Map Service Center website in pdf format. However, in some cases, FEMA Regions have developed enhanced map viewing tools which allow ...more »

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Online Appeal Submittal Tool

Functionality could be built into an online preliminary map viewing tool or deployed as a separate tool that allows for the digital submittal of appeals to preliminary flood hazard data by communities. During the appeal period, this functionality could be activated which allows a registered community official to upload appeal packages including supporting files and the community’s own comments about the submittal. The ...more »

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Adopt Coastal Erosion Hazard Mapping into NFIP

Consider adopting 2002 Heinz Center study and recommendations to map shoreline change as coastal erosion zones on FIRMs. This will require that FEMA establish a coastal erosion hazard determination methodology and mapping criteria as a high hazard risk regulatory or non-regulatory area of NFIP. Without a nationwide shoreline change mapping program under Risk MAP for high risk coastal erosion areas, the properties on coastal ...more »

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Identify and Map Coastal Risks from Tsunami Hazards

Recent tsunami flood and wave damages on west coast demonstrate a potential need for tsunami model studies and mapping. In past, the west coast developed areas have been provided worst-case scenarios of tsunami flooding to be used for coastal planning and emergency management officials. Adopting probabilistic methodologies for tsunami flood inundation and wave runup mapping could improve the ability to address tsunami ...more »

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Sea Level Rise and Risk MAP

Sea level rise is a complex coastal hazard to incorporate into existing FEMA products (whether a regulatory or non-regulatory product). In order to improve Risk MAP non-regulatory products to help coastal communities, future changes to the flood risk data due to sea level rise could accompany FEMA coastal studies to look at future risks to flooding beyond the effective coastal flood data depictions on the FIRM. The coastal ...more »

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