2020 National Planning Conference

Discovering FEMA's Flood Risk Products

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198041

Location: 2022

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  • Understand the potential uses of FEMA’s Flood Risk Products in hazard mitigation planning.
  • Learn where and how to access Flood Risk Products for their community.
  • Consider how to incorporate flood risk data into local decisionmaking.


Flooding is the costliest and most common natural disaster in the United States. Local planners and other decisionmakers can face tough choices in prioritizing which mitigation steps will best help their communities withstand flood events. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) non-regulatory Flood Risk Products are ready-made sources of information that supplement the flood maps and are designed to help communities make informed mitigation decisions. While these resources have a wide variety of uses for a diverse group of stakeholders, this session focuses on how these data are relevant to planners. Using a pair of interactive, visually appealing Esri story map applications to support the discussion, this session explores the Flood Risk Product datasets, how they can be used to inform hazard mitigation plans, and detail one community’s experience using these products in combination with local data to inform mitigation action.

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Session Speakers

Peter J. Herrick Jr.
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Washington, DC

Devon J. McGhee
Michael Baker International
New York, NY

Bradley J. Dean
Resilience Action Partners
Washington, DC, DC

Christine E. Caggiano, AICP
Resilience Action Partners
Philadelphia, PA