Risk Identification and Assessment Phase

Phase Two of the Risk Map Process Path

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Option 1 - Opportunity to Implement Mitigation Actions


Option 2 - Area selected for further flood risk identification and assessment


Project Kick-off Meeting

The Kick-Off Meeting marks the official start of the risk identification and assessment for the project areas selected based on the Discovery data and the need for a flood risk identification project. During the Kickoff Meeting the FEMA study team and community officials will review the scope of the projects, requirements for both the communities and the study team, draft schedules, and assign tasks for updates.

Next Steps

    FEMA and State Entities

  • Discuss flood risks with communities
  • Overview project scope and Risk MAP products
  • Prepare Hydrologic Analysis
  • Prepare Hydraulic Analysis
  • Prepare Draft Floodplains and Overlay Maps
  • Local Community Officials

  • Sign Cooperation Statement
  • Local officials engage residents about flood risk at local events
  • Products/Tools Prepared for Use

  • Kick-Off Newsletter
  • Data Acquisition Newsletter
  • Hydrology and Hydraulics Newsletter
  • Areas of Mitigation Interest

Flood Risk Review Meeting Back to top

The Flood Risk Review Meeting is a technical/engineering focused meeting giving community officials the opportunity to review the draft Risk MAP products included as part of the Risk MAP project scope. This type of meeting may also be important for Risk MAP projects that include significant changes in the identified flood risk. The Flood Risk Review Meeting allows the project team to highlight the flood risk associated with the changes, and gives communities the opportunity to review the results and begin communicating that risk to impacted residents and businesses.

Next Steps

    FEMA and State Entities

  • Validate study findings with locals
  • Review of local comments received
  • Update Analysis and Floodplains (as required)
  • Review analysis to determine affected FIRM panels
  • Share Risk MAP products with communities
  • Local Community Officials

  • Review Draft Floodplains and Overlay Maps
  • Submit comments to FEMA
  • Products/Tools Prepared for Use

  • Risk MAP Products Newsletter
  • Flood Risk Report
  • Flood Depth Grids
  • Areas of Mitigation Interest
  • Flood Risk Map

Important Points to Remember:

  • Here is what the risk identification analysis performed with the data and input made available shows are the existing flood risks in your community. We are here to engage with your community and assure that this data is accurate and get your input prior to moving forward with the study.
  • The Risk MAP products can help your community be more resilient by prioritizing mitigation actions, and providing assistance in understanding risk data and improving mitigation plans, especially risk assessments and mitigation strategies.
  • Teamwork is vital to our collective success on identifying and communicating flood risk,and making informed decisions about how to address the risk.

Resilience Meeting Back to top

The Resilience Meeting is a watershed-wide meeting held with community officials and other key stakeholders during a Risk MAP project. During this meeting FEMA, State and Local officials engage with the mapping partners to identify the flood risks through the use of the Risk MAP Products Suite, providing a new perspective and understanding of flood risk within their community.

Next Steps

    FEMA and State Entities

  • Review of local comments received
  • Update Analysis and Floodplains (as required)
  • Local Community Officials

  • Review Risk MAP products, submit comments to FEMA
  • FEMA/State and Communities

  • Locals officials engage residents about flood risk at local events
  • Products/Tools Prepared for Use

  • Resilience Newsletter
  • Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
  • Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Text
  • Digital FIRM Database

Important Points to Remember:

  • The Risk MAP Products provide a more accurate, comprehensive picture of your community’s and your watershed’s flood risk than you have likely had before.
  • Although Risk MAP focuses primarily on floods, the tools and information provided can provide a framework for planning for and addressing other natural hazards that you face.
  • There are many strategies you can use to reduce your flood risk.
  • A wide variety of resources are available from the State, Federal agencies, and associations to help you take action to reduce your flood risk.
  • Communicating flood risk to those who live and work in your community(ies) will help them make informed decisions to reduce their risks.
  • By taking action to reduce your flood risk, the individuals, property, and businesses within your watershed will be more resilient to flooding.

Preliminary Map Issuance Back to top

Delivery of the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) provides an opportunity for community officials and FEMA mapmakers to meet and discuss the maps produced using the information gathered and shared during Discovery. Ample time is given for the communities to understand the proposed maps and submit any comments to FEMA. Upon release of the preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), the communities will have approximately 30 days to review the preliminary information. During that time, the FEMA Regional Office will coordinate a date and time to formally present the study results during a Community Consultation Officers (CCO) Meeting. Risk MAP products and the preliminary FIRM data will also be release publicly on this website.

Next Steps

    Local Community Officials

  • Review FIRMs, submit comments to FEMA
  • Locals officials engage residents about flood risk at local events
  • FEMA/State and Communities

  • 30-day community comment period commences
  • Products/Tools Prepared for Use

  • Changes Since Last FIRM (CSLF) Shapefile
  • Preliminary DFIRM Newsletter
  • www.RiskMAP6.com Web Site launch

The intent of Risk MAP is to foster awareness public awareness of local natural hazard risk in order to make educated decisions for your home and family. Fully implemented, Risk MAP will result in a more informed public that is empowered to take action to reduce its flood risk. Click here to learn more about what you can do to take action.

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