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Risk MAP delivers quality data that increases public awareness and leads to action that reduces risk to life and property.

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – A “open” class finisher powers through his last obstacle of the Disaster Relief Trials, a shallow water crossing. Pools of displaced water is one of the anticipated challenges riders would face in a real earthquake scenario.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 4, 2014, 11:14 pm

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – Rando the bulldog and his owner came to the FEMA Disaster Relief Trials booth to learn more about protecting themselves in a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. Pet preparedness is a campaign that FEMA Region X focuses on to highlight the importance of planning for your pets as well as your family.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 4, 2014, 11:01 pm

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – Yajaira Reyes, a member for FEMA Corps team Blue 5, helped a young child understand about earthquake shaking intensity in his hometown. Educating children about what they can do in a disaster is a key component of a family emergency communications plan, a core element of disaster preparedness.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 4, 2014, 10:57 pm

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – FEMA Corps team Blue 5 member David Solis helped a gentleman pinpoint where he is from on the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake Map at FEMA’s booth. The map depicted shaking intensity so viewers can better understand how a major earthquake would affect them.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 4, 2014, 10:54 pm

Portland, Ore., July 19, 2014 – This rider puts out a fire as part of the Fiets of Parenthood obstacle course at the Disaster Relief Trials (DRT). Fiets of Parenthood, another family biking event in Portland, is a sponsor of the Portland DRT.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 4, 2014, 10:27 pm
This is the July 2013 HotZone Newsletter. This issue features 1) Jamie Caplan, Hazus Excellence Award Winner! 2) Congresswoman Susan Brooks to Speak at the Hazus Symposium 3) Eric Berman at the FOSE conference
Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: October 22, 2013, 7:40 pm
These documents hold listings of all communities for which Letters of Final Determination (LFD) have been sent and an effective date in 2014 has been set. The LFD is a letter sent to each affected community stating that a new or updated Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) will become effective on a certain date, and that the community is required to adopt a compliant floodplain management ordinance by that date to remain eligible for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: September 27, 2013, 7:34 pm

As part of each annual maintenance cycle, FEMA conducts a public review of all draft standards to maximize program transparency and ensure that each standard undergoes a thorough vetting by a wide range of Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) practitioners.

The most recent public review announcement and the most recent summary of public review comments and associated responses are published on this page.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: September 18, 2013, 10:10 pm

The Policy for Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping comprises the standards for practitioners of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. The standards define the specific implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) flood risk analysis and mapping and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of Letter of Map Changes (LOMC), and related Risk MAP activities. Standards are published separately from guidance as standalone statements that outline the required elements of the Risk MAP Program.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: September 17, 2013, 9:04 pm

Guidance documents provide vetted recommended approaches for FEMA's Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program. These guidance documents support current FEMA standards and facilitate effective, efficient implementation of the program. All guidance documents were written to support FEMA standards and align with current regulations, but are not mandatory. Alternate approaches that comply with standards and support program objectives are acceptable.

To help navigate the available guidance and related documentation, additional instructions are provided for Finding Standards, Guidance, and Related Documents.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: September 12, 2013, 2:22 pm

Technical References are specifications of a technical nature essential to the success of the program but too granular to be considered standards. These are database, product and documentation requirements where consistency is needed.  There are a number of standards that mandate compliance with the Technical References.

To help you navigate the available templates/other resources and related documentation, there are additional instructions for Finding Standards, Guidance, and Related Documents.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 29, 2013, 9:40 pm
The purpose of this document is to provide dam safety professionals with guidance on how to prepare dam breach inundation modeling studies and conduct mapping that can be used for multiple purposes, including dam safety, hazard mitigation, consequence evaluation, and emergency management including developing EAPs. This guidance is intended to provide a consistent approach that can be applied across the country.
Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 14, 2013, 8:08 pm

This Strategic Plan for the National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) for Fiscal Years (FY) 2012 through 2016 was developed to present the goals and objectives established by FEMA and its partners in the NDSP to reduce the hazards from dam failures and demonstrate the benefits of dams in the United States.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 13, 2013, 7:12 pm
This document provides guidance to help dam owners, in coordination with emergency management authorities, effectively develop and exercise Emergency Action Plans (EAPs) for dams. The purpose of the guidance in this document is to meet that need. This document is an update of FEMA 64, Federal Guidelines for Dam Safety: Emergency Action Planning for Dam Owners (2004).
Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 13, 2013, 7:03 pm

The National Dam Safety Program (NDSP) is a national program that targets the improvement of dams and the safety of those who live in surrounding communities. Since it was first authorized by Congress in 1996, there have been marked improvements in the safety of many of our Nation’s dams. This is directly attributable to what NDSP has been able to achieve since its inception. Beginning in 2012, FEMA began to highlight key NDSP accomplishments on a yearly basis to advance awareness and understanding of the important role NDSP plays to reduce risk, promote benefits, and enhance safety surrounding our Nation’s dams. The Year-in-Review provides the progress of NDSP along with important accomplishments that continue across all NDSP elements, including State assistance, research, training, and the alignment of NDSP within the emergency management and resilience frameworks.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 13, 2013, 6:14 pm

In this issue receive information about the 2013 Florida Statewide Hurricane Exercise, Higher Education Resources Consortium (HERC) Group Revival, NCR Hazus User Group Revival, Regional Training Courses, and future Hazus User Group call dates.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: June 28, 2013, 11:00 am

In this issue: Hazus is the 2012 Government Security News Winner for the Most Notable Emergency Response Implementation, University of Singapore Cooperative, Linking Hazus with Proactive Mitigation in Delaware, Online LOMC Application, Hazus Help Desk Updates, and future Hazus User Group call dates.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: June 28, 2013, 10:43 am

This factsheet provides information about the Risk MAP Progress Website, which is an interactive geoportal that was developed to provide transparency and communicate FEMA’s investments towards achieving its vision and goals for Risk MAP.   The FEMA Risk MAP Progress website is accessible from the Risk MAP webpage, http://www.fema.gov/rm-main.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: April 9, 2013, 4:43 pm

FEMA conducted its second nationwide survey of local officials to baseline, then track progress toward, achieving Goal 2 of the Risk MAP Multi-Year Plan, which is to “Ensure that a measurable increase of the public’s awareness and understanding of risk management results in a measurable reduction of current and future vulnerability to flooding.” The results from the local official survey are valid at the national level. The following are key findings.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 1, 2012, 12:47 pm

Public Survey: In 2011, FEMA conducted its second annual nationwide survey of U.S. households to track progress toward achieving Goal 2 of the Risk MAP Multi-Year Plan, which is to “Ensure that a measurable increase of the public’s awareness and understanding of risk management results in a measurable reduction of current and future vulnerability to flooding.”
The results from the public survey are valid at the national and regional levels. The following are the key findings from the survey.

Author: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Posted: August 1, 2012, 11:34 am