This page provides information concerning the following:
Overview of Project in State
As summarized on the Project Info page, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with State agencies, two Water Management Districts and other regional entities, FEMA and partner contractors, and communities to update coastal flood hazard information and produce new digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports in the Southeastern United States. In Florida, the new coastal engineering analyses performed as part of the coastal flood risk study effort will affect 37 counties in eight study areas: five study areas are along the Gulf of Mexico, and three study areas are along the Atlantic Ocean.
The 24 counties that may be affected, directly or indirectly, by the coastal engineering analyses of flooding from the Gulf of Mexico are listed below by project study area.
Northwest Florida Study Area (2008 Study)
- Franklin County
- Jefferson County
- Wakulla County
- Bay County
- Escambia County
- Gulf County
- Okaloosa County
- Santa Rosa County
- Walton County
West Florida Study Area
- Citrus County
- Hernando County
- Hillsborough County
- Manatee County
- Pasco County
- Pinellas County
- Charlotte County
- Collier County
- DeSoto County
- Hendry County
- Lee County
- Sarasota County
The 13 counties that will be affected by the coastal engineering analyses of flooding from the Atlantic Ocean are listed below by study area.
South Florida Study Area
- Broward County
- Miami-Dade County
- Monroe County
- Palm Beach County
East Coast Central Florida Study Area
- Brevard County
- Indian River County
- Martin County
- St. Lucie County
Northeast Florida Study Area
- Duval County
- Flagler County
- Nassau County
- St. Johns County
- Volusia County
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Project Team Information
The project teams for the coastal flood risk study effort in Florida include skilled professionals from FEMA; FEMA's State, regional, and local partners; and FEMA and partner contractor. The following will participate, to varying degrees, in the required planning, production, distribution, and communication activities:
- Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM)
- Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD)
- Suwanee River Water Management District (SRWMD)
- County and community officials
- FDEM, NWFWMD, and SRWMD contractors
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Community Contact Information
As with other similar projects undertaken by FEMA and FEMA partners in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the primary community contacts are the Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, and the Floodplain Administrator, or FPA.
The CEO is an elected official of a community (e.g., Mayor, City or Town Manager, Board of County Commissioners Chair or President, Board of County Supervisors Chair or President, County Executive) who has the authority to implement and administer laws, ordinances, and regulations for that community.
The FPA is the community official who is responsible for implementing and enforcing floodplain management measures and for monitoring floodplain development. Floodplain management is the operation of a program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including, but not limited to, emergency preparedness plans, flood-control works, and floodplain management regulations.
Project team members have compiled contact information for the community CEOs and FPAs on "Community Information" tables, which are accessible through each of the study area pages. Links to the study area pages are provided in the "Overview of Project in State" section above.
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Coastal Study Contact Information
Please visit the Coastal Study Contacts page for information on who to contact at FEMA, FDEM, NWFWMD, and SRWMD regarding the coastal flood risk study effort. For additional information, please visit the FEMA website, the FDEM website, the NWFWMD website, and the SRWMD website. The "Community Information" tables mentioned above also are accessible through the Coastal Study Contacts page.
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Status and Location of Revised Flood Insurance Rate Maps
To determine the status of the new digital FIRMs and FIS reports for the affected counties and communities, or to view the Preliminary versions of the FIRMs and FIS reports, interested parties should
- Check with county and community FPAs to determine whether a county or community is posting the digital version of a FIRM and/or FIS report on its own website.
- Visit the Community Map Repository, or CMR, in the county or community of interest to view paper copies of the FIRM or FIS report.
- The CMR is the local office in a participating community where the FIRM, FIS report, and related NFIP products (e.g., Letters of Map Change) are kept for local use and viewing by citizens.
- The CMR addresses are provided on the "Community Information" tables mentioned above.
- The CMR addresses are provided on the FIRM Indexes, which may be viewed or downloaded through the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website.
- Visit the Coastal Resources page on the NWFWMD Website (http://www/nwfwmdfloodmaps.com/coastal.htm) to view digital versions of the Preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports and other information for the three counties in the Northwest Florida Study Area (2008 Study) and the six counties in the Northwest Florida Study Area (2009 Study).
- Visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website to view digital versions of Preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports for counties covered by the Big Bend Florida, West Florida, Southwest Florida, South Florida, East Coast Central Florida, or Northeast Florida Study Areas once they are available.
To view effective FIRMs and FIS reports, please visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center website.
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FEMA has designed stakeholder pages to identify resources that should be useful to certain interested parties. Links to the stakeholder pages appear on the left-hand side of each page of this Web Portal.
Through the Coastal Study Resources pages, visitors can access an array of useful publications and resources ((e.g., fact sheets, information sheets, flyers, brochures) developed by FEMA, State and regional entities, other Federal agencies, and professional associations and other stakeholder organizations. FEMA will update the inventory of resources that appears on these pages regularly, so please check back often for the latest materials.
Many of the FEMA resources also are available from the FEMA Resource and Document Library. The FEMA Resource and Document Library is a searchable, web-based collection of publicly accessible FEMA information resources, including but not limited to the following: CDs, DVDs, publications, brochures, guidance and policy papers, program regulations and guidelines, forms, disability resources, audio and video files, posters, and slide presentations. Users can locate, download, save, or print items from this library.
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