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Compendium of Flood Map
This webpage on the FEMA website lists all the changes made
to the NFIP maps by FEMA, including physical map revisions,
Letters of Map Revision, and Letters of Map Amendment,
during a given 6-month period. The Compendium is updated
every 6 months (January 1 - June 30 and July 1-December
The Natural Hazards Center in Boulder, CO maintains a
disaster statistics page on its website with summaries of more
than 15 resources and links to the organizations offering them.
Among these resources is the disaster statistics page of the
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction,
the National Hurricane Center page and the National Climate
Data Center page of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, the disaster assistance expenditures page of
the Congressional Budget Office, the loss data page of the
Institute of Business and Home Safety, the Presidential
Disaster Declaration site of the Public Entity Risk Institute,
the Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters
database, and the Disaster Center W ebsite of the Red Cross and
Red Crescent Societies.
Information about how to prepare for flood events, the role
communities play in protecting their residents and business owners,
and how to find a local agent who sells flood insurance. Includes
links to the FloodSmart Press Room and to the secure site available
just for insurance agents.
Flood Preparedness and Response
International Hurricane Research Center
Focuses interdisciplinary resources on mitigating hurricane
damage to people, the economy, and natural and development
environments (includes links to each of the IHRC's four
laboratories-Coastal Research; Social and Behavioral Research;
Insurance, Financial, and Economic Research; and Structural
Public Entity Risk Institute
Provides risk management education and training resources;
operates a national risk data exchange to foster development,
collection, and analysis of loss data; offers grants and
sponsors research to promote innovation in risk management; and
operates an Enterprise Investment Program that supports the
development of innovative risk management products and
Offers visitors a range of resources including a Resources page
and Teacher's Guide as well as a NOVA program called
"Megaflood" which explores how study of the catastrophic flood
that struck eastern Washington thousands of years ago has
Bureau and Statistical Agent's Training Website
Offers agent training modules that present information
fundamental to servicing flood insurance policies, including
topics such as Elevation Certificates, claims processes,
Increased Cost of Compliance coverage, writing commercial and
condominium policies, the Community Rating System, and
Provides a portal for linked sites on a broad range of topics,
from flood insurance training to interstate insurance compacts.
Direct Servicing Agent
Provides more than 20 publications and forms used in servicing
- Flood Insurance Manual
Provides all of the rate and rule information about the
National Flood Insurance Program.
- Community Status Book
Supplies information about all of the communities that
participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Flood Determination Association
Promotes the interests and success of members involved in the
making, distributing and reselling of flood zone
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- The NOAA National Weather
Describes how the NWS provides local and regional forecasts and
emergency alerts for severe storms, hurricanes, floods, winter
storms, tsunamis, and other weather-related hazards.
Provides information regarding the conditions of current water
resources in the United States.
- National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic
Describes free, accurate forecast products that display the
magnitude and uncertainty of occurrence of floods or droughts,
from hours to days and months, in advance.
Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
Produces educational materials and programs for consumers and
building professionals about the importance of strengthening
homes and safeguarding families from disaster.
- Flood Hazard Mapping
Provides information about Flood Map Modernization, the
Multi-Year Flood Hazard Identification Plan, recent map
changes, status of requests for Base Flood Elevation changes,
- Flood Map Modernization
Explains FEMA's strategy for modernizing Flood Insurance Rate
Maps and includes links to the Multi-Year Flood Hazard
Identification Plan and the Map Modernization Mid-Course
- FEMA's Map
Service Center (MSC)
Allows visitors to view and order flood maps and related
studies directly and download them if they are in digital form.
Floodplain Management and Safe Construction [Back to Top]
- Association of State Dam Safety Officials
Sponsors many projects and activities, from providing
networking support for the dam safety community, to offering
continuing education programs, to making more tools for
advancing the safety of dams by improving the efficiency and
effectiveness of state dam safety programs available to dam
- NFIP Floodplain Management
Offers examples of floodplain management measures, describes
the Community Assistance Program, and provides links to other
related Federal programs.
- CRS Resource Center
Presents all aspects of the Community Rating System (CRS), a
program that reduces flood insurance premiums to reflect what a
community does above and beyond the NFIP's minimum standards
for floodplain regulation. Includes information about applying
to become a CRS community.
- Association of State Floodplain Managers
Represents the flood hazard specialists of local, state and
federal government, the research community, the insurance
industry, and the fields of engineering, hydrologic
forecasting, emergency response, water resources, and others.
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- NFIP Policy Keyword Index
Presents an online keyword index to the NFIP insurance policy.
Provides resources from the National Academy of Sciences, the
National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and
the National Research Council to address critical national
issues and advise the Federal government and the public.
Contains flood-related articles and summaries of various
publications and other resources, including abstracts from
archived Journal of the American Planning Association articles.
- Hazard Mitigation Planning
Describes the process States and communities use to identify
policies, activities, and tools that can be used to implement
- Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant
Offers an overview of the PDM program, which provides funds to
states, territories, Indian tribal governments, communities,
and universities for hazard mitigation planning and the
implementation of mitigation projects prior to a disaster
event. Includes information about how to apply for a PDM grant.