What is the process when FEMA changes a FIRM?

FEMA works closely with community officials and uses the best available data to ensure new maps are accurate. Before the maps become effective, FEMA holds meetings with community officials to present, explain, and receive feedback on the maps. FEMA then publishes two notices in local papers to notify officials and property owners that the maps are available for inspection. After the second notice, a 90-day appeal period begins. Appeals must be received within the 90 days and must include technical and/or scientific data to demonstrate that the proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) are scientifically or technically incorrect. Non-technical concerns, such as incorrect street names, discrepancies in community boundaries, etc., can also be raised during this time. If FEMA and the community are unable to agree on the resolution of an appeal, the community can request a review by an independent Scientific Resolution Panel.

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1. How can I view the New Flood Maps/What FEMA flood zone is my property in?
2. How will I know if I am in the floodplain from the maps?
3. Where else can I go to see Flood Maps?
4. Who can assist with other questions?
5. My house has never flooded. Why is my property shown in a high-risk flood zone?
6. What is a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)?
7. How are the maps updated?
8. What is the process when FEMA changes a FIRM?
9. When will the new maps become effective?
10. How will the new flood hazard maps affect me?
11. Can the City provide a letter indicating the floodplain status of my property?
12. What can a property owner do if they believe they are incorrectly determined to be in a flood zone?
13. Does elevating a structure on posts or pilings remove a building from the SFHA?
14. Who should get flood insurance?
15. How is flood insurance purchased? Who can answer insurance questions?
16. Is the purchase of flood insurance mandatory?