Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Market Research

FEMA’s Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration (FIMA) manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the cornerstone of the nation’s strategy for preparing communities for flood disaster. (Learn more about flood insurance at http://www.floodsmart.gov.) NFIP was created to reduce flood damage by identifying risks, encouraging sound floodplain management, and providing a mechanism for the public to insure their investments. FEMA and its governmental partners provide flood hazard data and maps to support flood insurance and floodplain management activities.

To leverage the successes of previous programs and further enhance the usability and value of flood hazard mapping, FEMA developed the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program. Risk MAP combines flood hazard mapping, risk assessment tools and Hazard Mitigation Planning into one program. This integrated program encourages beneficial partnerships and innovative uses of flood hazard and risk assessment data in order to minimize flood loss and build more resilient communities.

While the focus of Risk MAP is on flood hazard identification, risk assessment, and mitigation, working with communities to help them increase their resilience from all natural hazards is also a goal of the program. Reducing risk to people and property from natural hazards and reducing a community’s long-term vulnerability may present additional opportunities that the community can leverage to create a safer tomorrow.

FEMA is conducting Market Research in preparation of procuring the next Production & Technical Services (PTS) contracts and is investigating new Community Engagement and Risk Communication (CERC) options. Specifically, FEMA is interested in ideas to improve the day-to-day design, execution and management of CERC campaigns, products and services to encourage our nation’s communities to increase awareness and take action to reduce the risk of loss of life and property from floods and natural other hazards. In addition, FEMA is looking at ways to leverage technology to increase efficiency, cost effectiveness and usability in its products and services.

We welcome your thoughts, ideas, or suggestions on any or all of the following topics:

This campaign will close on May 7, 2013.

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How to get to "Why" - Risk MAP SOOs (Part 1 of 3)

Although, Risk MAP has a duty and will continue having a duty to produce flood maps for purposes of administering the National Flood Insurance Program there should be an increased emphasis in helping communities become more resilient against all natural hazards; this helps answer the “why” Risk Analysis does what it does, which is to help communities create a safer tomorrow. The challenge in this is that there is the ...more »

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How to get to "Why" - Risk MAP SOOs (Part 2 of 3)

A good framework for potential Statements of Objectives could be the framework recently presented by Risk Analysis, which includes 1) Leveraging Relationships 2) Data Analysis 3) Collaborations and Communications and 4) Delivering Mitigation. In the past, these contracts have been mainly focused on just the Data Analysis; the engineering services needed to produce flood risk data and geospatial maps. However, this does ...more »

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How to get to "Why" - Risk MAP SOOs (Part 3 of 3)

Risk MAP has shown us that it can play an integrator/facilitator role. That being said, we will need the other components of the above described framework. The first being the ability to leverage relationships; this is the community engagement approach or in other industries it’s called business development or sales. The key to this is to first understand a community’s priorities and interest (not just their flood ...more »

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Need "risk analysis" to prioritize outreach

There have been many strategies and processes for community engagement - with dozens of stakeholder types identified as targets (emergency managers, realtors, developers, State, other Federal, etc.). The reality is that there are not enough resources to do all that is recommended - and more sophisticated communities like CRS communities don't need the outreach help. FEMA should to a risk analysis or communications ...more »

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Modernize Elevation Certificates (EC's)

Why doesn't FEMA begin to employ Satellite technology or LiDAR technology for EC's ? New regulations in the next year will drastically impair education, execution and processing of EC"s. If you think it is bad now.....wait until all of these are required....how many homeowners are really going to be able to understand ....how many in our ranks understand: the requirements, the accuracy, the effect ?

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Include all-hazards in Flood Hazard Mapping and Risk Analysis

Omitting 10% of potential hazards (e.g., earthquake, terrorism) leaves communities unprepared to handle non-flood disasters. Resilience at State/local level is key to disaster preparedness/response. Incorporating all hazards into the Risk MAP Program provides a comprehensive solution for risk management at minimal cost and can be tailored to meet specific community requirements/hazards. FEMA should incorporate scenario-based ...more »

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The Need for Continued Investment in Flood Hazard Data

To best help communities plan for sustainable development that will be required to accommodate the 40% U.S. population growth projected by 2050, FEMA should continue to make robust investments in developing and maintaining flood hazard data. However, the balance of that investment should shift. Be willing to invest more in studying greater numbers of miles of understudied or unstudied flooding sources using less rigorous, ...more »

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Plan for getting entire country on digital platform

I find it appaling that we still have communities and counties that have old paper maps that have not beem modernized by MAP Modernization or Risk MAP. After the entire Map Mod effort and the Risk MAP effort. Part of the new priorities have to be getting the entire inventory into a digitall platform AND a plan for efficiently mapping rural and other areas. I continue to be stumped why this cannot be done given the ...more »

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Acquisition Strategy 1

Throughout the various threads on the Risk MAP Market Research IdeaScale there are discussions about the ideal PTS acquisition strategy that FEMA should pursue. Three topics are emerging: procuring parts of the current PTS scope as a non-AE procurement to achieve cost competition, dividing the current PTS scope into various contract vehicles, and small business participation. Over the years FEMA has seen that with every ...more »

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