Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP): Fiscal Year 2009 Flood Mapping Production Plan [open pdf - 2MB]
"The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) manages several risk analysis programs that assess the impact of natural hazards that lead to effective strategies for reducing risk. These programs support the Department of Homeland Security objective to 'strengthen nationwide preparedness and mitigation against natural disasters.' FEMA is beginning to transition from Flood Map Modernization to Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) in fiscal year (FY) 2009. The vision for Risk MAP is to, through collaboration with State, local, and Tribal entities, deliver quality data that increases public awareness and leads to action that reduces risk to life and property. It also aims to foster informed risk management decisions and actions to mitigate risk through a consistent risk-based approach to assessing potential vulnerability and losses, and tools to communicate the message are needed. By analyzing and depicting flood risk, communities and the American public can better understand their risk and will make informed decisions to reduce vulnerability. Flood Map Modernization transformed the majority of the flood hazard mapping inventory to 21st century digital technology and restored confidence in the reliability of floodplain boundaries, while making some updates to the underlying engineering data. However, the dynamic nature of floodplains will require updated analysis of flood hazards on a periodic basis to maintain a reliable inventory."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov