Risk MAP Updates


FEMA Risk MAP Guidance Updates

April 2017

FEMA maintains guidelines and standards to support the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program.  These guidelines and standards define the implementation of the statutory and regulatory requirements for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  These also guide the development of Flood Risk Projects, processing of Letters of Map Change (LOMCs) and related Risk MAP activities.

FEMA routinely updates the Risk MAP guidelines and standards and previously issued updates on a semi-annual basis.  Starting this year (2017), FEMA has adopted a revised approach to focus on one primary update cycle per year to take place each November.  While there may be some smaller, more urgent updates issued in May, these will only occur on an as-needed basis.

For the spring 2017 cycle, there are no standards updates.  There are several planned updates to technical references and guidance documents to align with the Mapping Information Platform (MIP) redesign project.  Because of the timing of this major overhaul of the central management system for Risk MAP, which is expected to be completed this spring, the updates needed to be made at the same time.  Listed below are the guidance and technical reference documents that will updated during the spring 2017 cycle.

FEMA is initiating a review of all guidance and technical references planned for update in May.  If you are interested in reviewing any of the documents listed below, you can access the documents through the Risk Management Directorate SharePoint site and should provide comment through SharePoint.  For stakeholders who do not have SharePoint access, email FEMA.GS@riskmapcds.com to request the documents that you wish to review.

Minor updates – These documents have just a few small changes each.  These are revisions to existing wording, terminology, figures and/or minor workflow steps to align with redesigned MIP elements.

  • Appeal and Comment Processing Guidance
  • Discovery Guidance
  • Database Verification Tool (DVT) Guidance
  • Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Database Guidance
  • Key Decision Point (KDP) Process Guidance
  • Letter of Final Determination Guidance
  • Metadata Guidance
  • Post-Preliminary Due Process Guidance
  • CNMS Technical Reference

New information or significant changes – These documents include new content, and/or comprehensive revisions to existing content, wording, terminology, figures, and/or major workflow steps to align with redesigned MIP elements.  Additional specifics are listed below:

Mapping Information Platform (MIP) Guidance: A nearly complete overhaul to reflect the MIP redesign with new content to present updated terminology, new or revised tools, revised workbench information, new reports, and new studies workflow diagrams.  The overhaul also includes removal of outdated content.  **Note this document may not be ready for review until Monday April 24.

Data Capture – General Guidance: Updated to reflect new upload and data submission guidance including a discussion about special case set up and delivery (e.g. Levee, Outreach), presentation of new folder structure and Certification of Compliance of Submitted Data Form (i.e. to be used for aerial mapping, H&H, alluvial fans, coastal and regulatory product).

Data Capture – Workflow Details Guidance: Extensive revisions to existing content for all submission guidance (e.g. elevation data, hydraulics, flood risk products, etc.).  New content and / or comprehensive revisions for many of the new features that will be tracked / updated in the MIP including Discovery Preparation, LAMP data submittals, new due process submittals, outreach submittals, and general purchases.

Geospatial Data Coordination (GDC) Guidance: Updated to remove outdated MIP workflow content (e.g. scoping) and a comprehensive update to all items pertaining to the entry of leverage data and how to classify it, as well as changes to the GDC reporting logic and report names.

Post-Preliminary Deliverables Guidance: Updated to reflect MIP change that all FEDD file components (including final compilation), 90/30 day letters, and revalidation letters will be uploaded.  Additionally outlines requirements for Appeal Initiation and documentation, Record Appeal, and Comment Processing and Tracking steps in MIP.  Outlines the requirements for various deliverables related to LFDs. 

Preliminary Distribution and Revised Preliminary Guidance: Updated to add new content for how to create and manage the Revised Preliminary Project in the MIP, including completing the data development tasks and issuing the Revised Preliminary Regulatory Products.  Added content for the Preliminary and Revised Preliminary SOMA, specifically for working within the MIP workflow and the new SOMA tool.

SOMA Revalidation Guidance: First time publication of this guidance, but also updated to add new content for capturing the LOMC Locations, with regards to the redesigned Community LOMC List Report.  Added guidance regarding LOMC categorization, specifically as it relates to the new SOMA category “2b”.  Updated with new content on working with the MIP SOMA tool, creating the Preliminary or Revised Preliminary and Final SOMAs, and completing the Revalidation MIP Export.

Data Capture Technical Reference: Updated to introduce new data submittal requirements and reflect updated terminology.  The document presents revised procedures for delivery of the Flood Elevation Determination Docket (FEED) File, Flood Risk Products, and Project Correspondence (previously Post-Preliminary documents).  This update also presents the new MIP File structure on a per task basis with associated figures. 

FIRM Database Technical Reference: Updated to introduce new terminology and MIP task names.  Also, extensive updates to Table 2 (FIRM Database Table Deliverables by MIP Data Capture Task) which presents the new revised MIP tasks that are associated with the FIRM database delivery steps.