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NFIP Overview: Quick Bites

The NFIP History and Goals

This video explains how the 1927 flood, and later flood-related disasters, led to early flood control efforts in the United States, including the most significant flood control program in the country today.
Video Length: 5 Minutes 48 Seconds

History and Purpose of the NFIP

This video provides an overview of the most significant provisions of the NFIP.
Video Length: 5 Minutes 7 Seconds

The NFIP - How Do We Join? What are the Benefits?

This video will explain how a community joins the NFIP and the benefits.
Video Length: 5 Minutes 33 Seconds

The NFIP - Community Responsibilities

This video will explain a community’s responsibilities under the NFIP, once it has joined; and actions FEMA can take if a community fails to carry out these responsibilities.
Video Length: 4 Minutes 2 Seconds


NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has developed a model floodplain ordinance. If you’d like to see if the model language is right for your municipality and/or seek guidance on customizing the language, please contact NYSDEC, Division of Water, Bureau of Flood Protection and Dam Safety,

625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-3504

NFIP Overview Resources


DEC - Joining the National Flood Insurance Program

NYS DEC Informational Site About Joining the NFIP


FEMA - National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Floodplain Management Requirements

FEMA 480: NFIP Floodplain Management Requirements Study Guide and Desk Reference for Local Officials