FEMA Risk MAP Customer and Data Services has just announced that non-regulatory Flood Risk Products (FRPs) can now be accessed from FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC).that you may now find non-regulatory Flood Risk Products (FRPs)on FEMA’s Map Service Center (MSC)! This enhancement makes FRPs available in one authoritative location, helping communities easily access information to help them make better-informed decisions about preparing for and mitigating flood loss. Available FRPs include Flood Risk Maps (FRMs), Flood Risk Reports (FRRs), and Flood Risk Databases (FRDs).
What are the benefits of FRPs?
- Enhance understanding and awareness of a community’s flood risks and why flood zones have changed
- Identify areas at-risk of flooding, along with the factors that contribute to those risks
- Facilitate emergency planning by illustrating highest impacted areas
- Inform flood risk reduction actions, such as advocating for higher building code requirements, or the use of flood resilient designs and construction materials
Are FRPs available for all communities?
Not yet. FEMA undertakes a limited number of flood map projects each year that take several years to complete.
How Should FRPs Be Used?
FRPs are not the same as regulatory flood hazard products (i.e., FIRM, FIS, and FIRM Database). Regulatory flood hazard products are mandated by law and are used by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for activities such as rating flood insurance policies or enforcing the federal mandatory insurance purchase requirements. FRPs are supplementary resources for understanding and communicating local flood risk to communities. FRPs should only be used for review and guidance purposes. The data and information displayed in these products are the latest FRPs produced by a FEMA Risk MAP study and are not necessarily updated to match the regulatory flood maps.