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As part of its nationwide effort to update the Nation’s flood hazard maps, FEMA is paying particular attention to coastal areas. With approximately 39% of the Nation’s population living in a coastal county (i.e., a county that is contiguous with the Atlantic or Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, or Great Lakes coast or that has Special Flood Hazard Areas caused by coastal flooding identified), it is vital that residents and businesses in these communities have accurate flood hazard information, know their flood risk, and take steps to protect their lives and property. To learn more about the coastal analysis and mapping effort in your community, look up the areas being studied.


Federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of South Carolina to supplement State, local, and Tribal recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms and flooding on October 1, 2015, and continuing. Federal funding is available to affected individuals in Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown, Horry, Lexington, Orangeburg, Richland, and Williamsburg Counties.

Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated area can begin applying for assistance tomorrow by registering online at or by calling        1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or by web-enabled mobile device at Disaster assistance applicants, who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call       1-800-462-7585 directly; those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) should call              1-800-621-3362. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. (local time) 7 days a week until further notice.

Note: News Releases regarding the FEMA response to this disaster are accessible through the Information for the Media page on this Web Portal.


FEMA created this short video to explain how flood elevations are determined and how flood hazard maps (also known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs) are created and used in coastal areas. For more information on the mapping process, visit the Analysis Overview page.


            View in FEMA Multimedia Library


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Project Information

Learn about the coastal mapping process and mapping requirements.


National Flood Insurance Program

Learn about flood insurance, floodplain management, flood hazard mapping, and NFIP incentive programs.

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