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Flood Insurance rates maps (FIRM) and flood insurance studies (FIS) - How to read and use them
FIRm and FIS: Quick Bites
AN INTRODUCTION TO FLOODPLAIN MAPS: UNDERSTANDING FLOODPLAIN MAPS AND FLOOD RISK
This video explains the terms most critical for understanding concepts of flood risk, and the limitations of the ability of flood studies and floodplain maps to express the real risks faced by property owners. By Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach.
Video Length: 7 Minutes 28 Seconds
FLOODPLAIN MAPS: UNDERSTANDING THE FEATURES OF A FLOODPLAIN MAP
This video provides a brief history of the flood mapping process, and an overview of the makeup and features of a floodplain map. By Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach.
Video Length: 9 Minutes 51 Seconds
FLOODPLAIN MAPS: UNDERSTANDING FLOOD ZONES
This video explains the flood zones commonly found on the FIRMs. By Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach.
Video Length: 6 Minutes 9 Seconds
FLOODPLAIN MAPS: ACCESSING MAPS, CREATING FIRMETTES
This video introduces the many options available for accessing flood maps from both public and private sources, explains what FIRMettes are, and demonstrates how to create them from the FEMA website. By Iowa State University, Extension and Outreach.
Video Length: 12 Minutes 7 Seconds
An Introduction to fema coastal floodplain mapping
A story map tutorial on how coastal risks are shown on Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM, or flood maps). Flood maps showing coastal flood hazards have features that are not on flood maps made for riverine areas. It will also explain coastal hazards, identify common features of flood maps for coastal areas, and show you how to identify the flood zone and flood elevation for coastal properties using flood maps.
FIRM And FIS: Deep Dives
Flood Insurance 101
How to read and use Flood Insurance Rate Maps
Video length: 25 Minutes
FIRM and FIS Resources
How to read a flood map
New York City website on understanding flood maps
What is my base flood elevation (BFE)? Address lookup tool
FEMA Region II Coastal Analysis and Mapping site, dedicated to the NYC flood hazard map update process
Using Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
FEMA Fact Sheet - Using a Flood Insurance Rate Map (coastal focus)
FIRM AND FIS TOOLS
FEMA region II Portal
Data, Maps, and Resources for NY, NJ, PR, and USVI. Contains resources to visualize the flood risk in your area, access supporting data and learn more about the FEMA study projects that produce Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) in NY.