National Flood Insurance Program
themselves in the event of flooding. Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, and business owners as long as their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to reduce their risk of future flooding by adopting and enforcing floodplain ordinances that meet or exceed the minimum NFIP requirements and in exchange flood insurance is made available to everyone in the community.
The National Flood Hazard Layer allows for the display of flood hazard zones and labels, including the Flood Insurance Rate Map and Letter of Map Revision boundaries, in Google Earth.
The FEMA 480 is a Desk Reference for Local Officials, and should be a “go-to” document for all local floodplain managers. It provides guidance on how to handle many of the questions that come up regarding local floodplain management.
The Elevation Certificate is a document that can be used to provide accurate elevations on properties. This document comes with instructions on how to properly fill it out, and who is qualified to fill out each section.
The Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) - Floodsmart – www.floodsmart.gov
The Floodsmart website is the official website for the National Flood Insurance Program. It contains many tools and useful information about the program. Map Service Center – www.msc.fema.gov
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Map Service Center (MSC) is the official government distribution center for digital flood hazard mapping products. In order to help communities, the public, and other FEMA stakeholders manage and reduce flood risk, FEMA provides a suite of user-friendly tools that support the needs of the public in viewing, analyzing, and printing flood hazard maps.
To find out more about the Biggert Waters Reform Act of 2012, visit the FEMA informational website - http://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance-reform-act-2012