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Overview of Project in State

As indicated on the project summary 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 will affect 41 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 
  • Dixie
  • Levy
  • Taylor

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 17 counties that may be affected, directly or indirectly, 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                               

  • Clay County
  • Duval County
  • Flagler County
  • Lake County
  • Marion County
  • Nassau County
  • Putnam County
  • St. Johns County
  • Volusia County

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Project Team Information

The project teams for the coastal analysis and remapping effort are composed of skilled professionals from FEMA; FEMA contractors; and FEMA's State, regional, and local partners.  The following FEMA partners 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, 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 Floodplain Administrator, or 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.

CEO and FPA names and contact information are provided on "Community Information" tables that are accessible through each of the study area pages. Links to those pages are provided 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 engineering analysis and remapping effort. For additional information, interested parties should 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 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 nine counties in the Northwest Florida Study Area (2008) and the Northwest Florida Study Area (2009). 
  • Visit the FEMA 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 the effective FIRMs and FIS reports, interested parties should visit the FEMA Map Service Center website.

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Available Resources

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 Web page.

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 FEMAState and regional entities, other Federal agencies, and professional associations and other stakeholder organizations. We will update this 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. It allows users to locate, download, save, or print items from the Web. 

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