Risk MAP Challenges

As FEMA works to become more efficient, enhance the products and services of the Risk MAP Program and better support communities to reduce their risks to life and property, we would like to identify new strategies that we might consider in making the program stronger. Share your thoughts on challenges you see for the Risk MAP Program and your suggested solutions.

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Zone A Lifespan

There should be a time limit to how long a Zone A is used on the maps to identify a flood zone. Why do communities have Zone A areas on their maps that were developed 30 years ago? It seems like somebody should have looked at them a long time ago decided if this information is correct, or should have been upgraded to a detailed study.

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Establishing an “Innovation Project Fund”

To encourage innovation and cost reduction, we suggest FEMA set aside a small amount of funds that would be made available through a nimble, competitive process for all service providers to propose projects that test new, innovative ideas and concepts. Such small “R&D” type activities are critical to nurturing new methodologies, practices and technologies that enable the continued evolution and growth of the Risk MAP ...more »

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Fundamental Floodplain Studies Needed to Accurately Define Risk

The most effective flood hazard mitigation tool in the history of floodplain management and the NFIP has been Floodplain Information (providing flood hazard maps to communities to restrict development in those zones). We all know that often times those maps were not adhered to by local communities, but the number of structures that “were never built” in the floodplain is incalculable, but a very large number. Communities ...more »

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Revise PTS Regional Assignment Strategy

The current Risk MAP PTS Regional Assignments could lead to complacency. If each Regional Office had the opportunity to solicit proposals from each of the PTS contractors for project task orders – it would keep all contractors on their toes, delivering the highest quality products, and ensuring that FEMA receives the most bang for their buck.

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MOBIS

For simplicity sake, FEMA should use GSA Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services (MOBIS) Schedule to choose the contracts for the next PTS procurement.

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Small Business Goals

FEMA faces challenges with meeting Small Business goals in the current PTS environment. FEMA is looking for creative ways these goals can be met in the next procurement. Some ideas include using small business for Community Engagement Risk Communication or supporting the Regions at the Regional Support Centers.

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Prioritizing and meeting mapping needs

62% of the country’s land area does not yet have digital maps. In many areas, effective maps do not represent current conditions or were prepared with old modeling techniques. The Association of State Floodplain Managers estimates that the costs to meet these mapping needs may range from $4.5 billion to $7.5 billion. How are these needs prioritized? Are there ways to improve the cost-effectiveness of the mapping program ...more »

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Unstudied and Understudied Floodplains Pose Significant Financia

Many floodprone areas of the nation are unstudied or understudied. As many as 3 million stream miles don’t have any SFHAs and 80% of mapped stream miles are Zone A with no BFE data. Such unmapped and under-mapped flood hazards present significant financial risks related to property owners whose homes or businesses are in the actual SFHA, but outside the mapped SFHA, and will not be subject to the mandatory purchase ...more »

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Procurement Efficiency

Perhaps FEMA should be more flexible on subcontracting goals. Let the contractor add subcontractors regardless of their size without impacting the goals as long as the first level of goal is met.

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Non A&E Contracts for Risk MAP Support

Should FEMA seek contract vehicles separate from Architect&Engineering (A&E) to deliver non-A&E work, what should FEMA consider to be non-A&E that is currently under the PTS? Examples: conducting Risk MAP Discovery and Resiliency meetings or Post Preliminary Processing.

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Defining Risk MAP and Educating our Partners

During disaster Engineers, Planners, FM&I Specialists are deployed. The problem is FEMA's partners in Response, Recovery, and External Affairs have no idea what Risk MAP is, how to use it, or how it can make a difference in building a community's resilience. To make a difference internal, as well as external, partners MUST be educated on Risk MAP, where to find help when needed, and how it impacts a community, even ...more »

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Confused About Maps and Grants

I do not mind raising my house. But I need grant help to do this. However, I am confused by the new maps. My house at Union Beach has been placed in an A14 zone. I've only flooded during Sandy, never before. Yet my cousins house in Port Monmouth where the tide comes uo to his house constantly is in A 13. I really feel I am not in the right zone since we've only flooded Once. Just saying. Hopefully Fema will notice ...more »

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