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Community Engagement and Outreach under FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Program
Wendy Chang, CCAMP Outreach Coordinator
The California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) is an effort initiated under FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning program, also known as Risk MAP. The vision for Risk MAP is to deliver quality data that increases public awareness that will lead to actions that reduce risk to life and property. Increasing public awareness of risk involves a coordinated community outreach effort and collaboration with Federal, state, and local stakeholders.  As outlined by FEMA’s Operating Guidance No. 04-11: Risk MAP Meetings Guidance, the four formal Risk MAP meetings provide a structured timeline where FEMA will engage with community officials and provide technical support. Additionally, FEMA will help community officials communicate the message of flood risk reduction based on current study data within their communities.  An essential component of flood risk reduction for FEMA’s coastal studies is helping communities identify actions they can take to mitigate the risks associated with coastal flooding.
Throughout the Risk MAP study lifecycle, community officials will have the opportunity to contribute to the mapping process, from the data acquisition phase, through the engineering analysis and modeling efforts, to the mapping process.  As a result of FEMA’s Map Modernization efforts, communities will be able to view changes to currently effective maps through the benefit of a Changes Since Last FIRM product.  FEMA will overlay the new flood risk data based on current study efforts on  a community’s effective Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) database to create a product that visually depicts changes to the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA).  This product will help community officials more easily communicate risk within their community. 
Community officials are responsible for relaying the message of SFHA changes to the impacted public.  The time period following the Consultation Coordination Officer Meeting (or Preliminary FIRM Meeting) and the Flood Map Open House is a crucial phase during the FEMA mapping process for communities to have an outreach plan and implementation strategy. FEMA understands that communities have limited resources to conduct outreach and will provide templates, messaging strategies, as well as technical support. Local officials may benefit by considering the following strategies as FEMA’s coastal studies continue:
  • Strategize with neighboring cities/counties as part of your outreach plan process to explore partnering and sharing resources.
  • Identify Homeowners Associations to conduct outreach through direct mailings and community boards.
  • Work with the local Chamber of Commerce, libraries, schools, hospitals (or other critical facilities), and property management companies to outreach to the public.
  • Identify vacation rental organizations that manage coastal properties.
Additional outreach and communication resources to help community officials includes:
  • FEMA’s website. This website can help residents find a flood insurance agent in their community, provides insurance-related resources for community officials and residents, and offers information on FEMA’s low cost Preferred Risk Policy.
  • Create a Coastal County Snapshot for your community at NOAAs Digital Coast to help educate residents about coastal hazards as well as provide information on how to become more resilient to coastal hazards.
  • Download and tailor the Community Outreach Plan Template available from to determine stakeholders and allocate the resources necessary to conduct outreach throughout the FEMA mapping process.
  • Review your community’s hazard mitigation plan (HMP) to see when it was last updated, if the plan has coastal provisions, learn about the schedule for future updates, and consider joining the HMP update team.

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