Flood Resources


Follow the links to publications and references useful for implementing floodplain management.



  • Joining the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA 496:  This fact sheet provides a high-level overview of joining the NFIP program and the requirements that fall upon a community.
  • Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program, F-084:  This booklet is intended to acquaint the public with the NFIP.  Despite the highly technical nature of the Program, there has been a deliberate effort to minimize the use of technical terms. This publication is designed for readers who do not need a detailed history or refined technical or legal explanations, but do need a basic understanding of the program and the answers to some frequently asked questions. Readers who need legal definitions should refer to the Standard Flood Insurance Policy and to NFIP and related regulations.


Property Owners

  • After a Flood: The First Steps, FEMA L-198 / ARC 4476:  Your home has been flooded. Although floodwaters may be down in some areas, many dangers still exist. This brochure advises homeowners of some things to remember in the days ahead.
  • FEMA P-312, Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting 3rd Edition (2014):  FEMA has prepared this guide specifically for homeowners who want to know how to protect their homes from flooding. As a homeowner, you need clear information about the options available to you and straightforward guidance that will help you make decisions. This guide gives you both, in a form designed for readers who have little or no experience with flood protection methods or building construction techniques.
  • Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House, FEMA P-347 (2000):  This publication shows how floodprone houses in south Florida were elevated above the 100-year flood level following Hurricane Andrew.  Alternative elevation techniques are also demonstrated.





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