For the better part of the past year, FEMA has been in the final phase of a multi-year effort to update guidelines and standards associated with its Risk MAP (Mapping, Planning and Assessment) program. As noted in a recent informational bulletin announcing start of a semi-annual update process, "These guidelines and standards define the specific implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) flood risk analysis and mapping, and address the performance of flood risk projects, processing of letters of map change and related Risk MAP activities". In other words, this collection of documents provides the guidance for how the Risk MAP effort will be modeled and administered across the nation. As a companion project, FEMA has also made available an interactive map which shows the status and location of current and past projects in the program. If you have comments or suggestions concerning these regulations, FEMA would like to hear from you. Here are the details:
(FEMA Bulletin, January 13, 2014)
Comment: As noted late last year on this website, an investigative report in New York found fault with FEMA's flood insurance maps which showed many areas as being safe from worry, which were in fact, substantially harmed by Hurricane Sandy. Well, here's an opportunity to lend your technical expertise to the process that ultimate determines where and how it's best to spend the nation's money so its citizens remain dry. I believe that's called a government of the people, by the people, for the people. I think I've heard that somewhere before, but I'm not sure.