Mapping Tools from FEMA
The FEMA Map Service Center (MSC) site provides flood hazard mapping information, products and services, including:
-View Digital flood maps
Purchase flood maps
-More information about FEMA's flood maps and flood mapping initiatives
The MSC provides a number of methods to view and print floodplain information and Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Each tool has its advantages and disadvantages:
View and print effective (current) Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) - the Firmette:
1) FIRMette Web - this tool allows you to create a map from a portion of a FIRM scan. Ability to add a title block and scale bar to a custom view; very good for communicating with FEMA.
2) Firmette Desktop - This tool is downloaded onto your desktop and can be used to create a map from a portion of a FIRM scan, similar to the web-based version. Data is located on your computer so you do not need an internet connection to access data. Retrieving data is also usually faster since the data is saved locally.
***An updated version of the FIRMette Desktop Application has been released to address Windows 7 compatibility. The FIRMette Desktop Application allows users to create and print a selected portion of a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) scaled down to fit onto standard-sized paper. To download and learn more about the FIRMette Desktop Application, please visit https://msc.fema.gov
Interactive tools allowing the user to view aerial imagery, LOMA's etc.
MapViewer Web Tool:
An internet tool which allows you to view maps from NFHL and create custom maps and reports. The National Flood Hazard Layer (NFHL) contains data for effective DFIRMS as well as LOMR’s. This tool allows a user to search by address. Aerial imagery can also be added to the background. This tools allows you to create a custom report on any area you click on, including flood zone, flood panel, effective date etc.
NFHL (National Flood Hazard Layer) for Google Earth
You will need Google Earth installed on your computer.
NFHL Web Map Service (WMS) for GIS applications