The FEMA RiskMap Customer and Data Services Team recently announced there will be some important changes coming soon at the FEMA Map Center. According to the bulletin sent out late last week, the following changes to the MSC Product Catalog and Map Search features will become effective September 23, 2013:
- National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data will be searchable through Map Search,
- County and State NFHL databases will be downloadable from the MSC Product Catalog, and
- Effective FIRM Databases will no longer be available for purchase and users will instead be directed to download the effective NFHL data at no charge. Future Effective FIRM Databases will still be available for purchase.
To learn more about theses changes and other GIS related efforts to improving the availability and quality of U.S. flood data, use the links below:
Comment: In 2009, FEMA approved a 5 year plan (FY 2010-2014) to comprehensively improve the nation's flood information resources. Now, four years into the process, it's obvious progress has been solid and is headed in the right direction. Kudos to FEMA!