FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: GIS Mapping in Maryland   [open pdf - 29KB]

Alternate Title: GIS Mapping Accurately Recording Floodplain Areas

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Allegany County lies in the western panhandle of Maryland and has a high proportion of development along the floodplain because most of the land lies on steep slopes. In January 1996, following a heavy snowfall and subsequent rapid thaw and heavy rains, severe flooding along the Georges-Wills Creek basin occurred. Eight months later, Hurricane Fran further damaged the area with the resultant flooding in the same locations. In the aftermath of these two Presidential Declared Disasters, a Hazard Mitigation Plan was developed that highlighted the need for basic floodplain boundary information and other government and emergency services related data." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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