Lets not forget that ultimately this is about hazard identification and now risk assessment. The hazard identification aspect seems to be getting lost. No slick risk communications effort will work if the base data is crappy.
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:
- Community Engagement & Risk Communication
- Process Administration & Letters of Map Change
- Flood Mapping, Risk MAP Products & Risk Assessments
- Risk MAP Challenges
This campaign will close on May 7, 2013.
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 »
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 »
Dividing the Current PTS Scope: FEMA should consider that any potential efficiencies gained by dividing the PTS Scope into contracts separate from study production, risk assessment, and mitigation planning tasks may be offset by the need for increased coordination and communication between the additional contractors that would be added as a result. Procuring separate contracts for activities such as upfront discovery/communications ...more »
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 »
Small Business Participation in the PTS Procurement: FEMA should consider whether the role of small businesses should be for a portion of the scope of the current PTS contracts (as suggested elsewhere) or for the full scope for a Region (possibly one of the smaller regions based on annual allocated funding). With the increase in the small business size standard for AE firms ($14M) there are small businesses that could ...more »
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 »
One way Risk MAP can succeed is to evolve it into a "Mit MAP" program with a focus on mitigating SPECIFIC hazards found using all of the new Risk MAP non-regulatory products. Imagine being able to use the new products to target the most hazardous floodprone properties in the NFIP program for mitigation or buyout, backed with federal dollars. I'm afraid that our current effort at getting mitigation action, while good, ...more »
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 ?
RISK MAP should be made an all hazards program. We have 10 of thousands of locals doing mitigation planning, most include flood. FEMA should take this tool and allow for to incorporate all hazards. In these budget times, we need to be streamline outdate single silo planning concepts.
Across this forum there are many threads suggesting the Program is currently inefficient, operating at excessive costs, and ineffective at delivering its objectives. Several suggest the answers reside within additional/alternative contracting types. Recall the Program just modified its contracting strategy to initiate Risk MAP. The current strategy has supported the Program through major programmatic changes including ...more »
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 »