Mapping Tools

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

Click here for FEMA's MSC
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 


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.

Click here for MapView Web tool

NFHL (National Flood Hazard Layer) for Google Earth
You will need Google Earth installed on your computer.

Click here for Links for Google Earth

NFHL Web Map Service (WMS) for GIS applications

Click here for WMS link


Click for Additional FEMA mapping tools and links


Contact for Oregon Risk MAP

The Department of Land Conservation and Development is the lead on the Oregon Risk MAP project. To reach the program coordinator contact:

Stephen Lucker
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540