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FEMA Issues Latest Update to Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Standards
Friday, December 2, 2016

FEMA Issues Latest Update to Flood Risk Analysis and Mapping Standards

FEMA's Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration updated the Guidance and Standards that it uses in its flood mapping and risk analysis efforts.There are six revised standards, three new standards and one rescinded standard in this maintenance cycle in addition to a number of updated guidance and technical reference documents.

Several of these updates to Risk MAP guidance and technical references begin implementing recommendations from the Technical Mapping Advisory Council's 2015 recommendations. TMAC-related updates include requirements for reporting the accuracy of elevation data used, and guidance on selecting engineering models. FEMA also enhanced the standards and guidance development process and updated FEMA Policy #FP 204-078-1 to address the TMAC recommendation to consider the cost of implementation for new requirements and address the costs consistently.

The updated standards address requirements for emergency operation plans for levee accreditation, clarify requirements for incorporating Letters Of Map Revisions into map updates, update requirements for processing Physical Map Revisions update Notice to Users requirements, update requirements for flood risk product automation, update distribution requirements for Flood Insurance Study reports, and formalize several standards for removal of the special flood hazard area designation by letter consistent with current practice.

FEMA conducted a public review of the draft standards earlier this year, and regularly updates these guidance and technical reference documents to ensure ongoing improvements in its flood mapping and risk analysis efforts. The actual standards and related guidance are available at www.fema.gov/guidelines-and-standards-flood-risk-analysis-and-mapping. The posting of guidance documents and technical references to the FEMA.gov sitewilltake a few more weeks until all the publishing reviews are completed.






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