The primary feature of flood maps are flood zones, which are geographic areas that FEMA has defined according to varying levels of flood risk and type of flooding. These zones are depicted on the published Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) or Flood Hazard Boundary Map (FHBM). Everyone lives in an area with some risk of flood—it’s just a question of whether you live in a low-, moderate-, or high-risk area.
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To find your community’s flood map, visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center, then type in your address and search. You may view, print and download flood maps, open an interactive flood map (if available), and view all products related to your community.
Find out if your community has a recent or upcoming flood map change. When your community’s flood map is updated to reflect the current risks where you live, requirements for flood insurance coverage and the costs of your policy can also change.
Get answers to your flood mapping questions online or by talking with someone from FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center. Or call our office (800-550-0264 or 252-449-5000) for flood assistance with a knowledgeable flood agent.
Article Source: FEMA, National Flood Insurance Program