The Open Pacific Coast Study represents the first comprehensive study of flood risk along the California coast since FEMA issued the original Flood Insurance Rate Maps in the 1980s. This coastal analysis and mapping effort benefits from new technologies and data contributed by a consortium of Federal and State agencies, academic institutions, and private sector consultants. The Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) program emphasizes increasing public awareness of hazards and promoting community-based mitigation actions to reduce the risks to life and property. Recognizing the importance of engaging the impacted communities early in the process, FEMA conducted a series of kick-off meetings in all fifteen coastal counties to initiate the Discovery process. The Discovery process encompasses the activities involved in the “discovery” of flood hazards and associated flood risk. A broad spectrum of community officials, federal, state, regional, and local agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations participated in the meetings to discuss the study process and the availability of local data, and to identify areas of special interest for consideration in the analyses. The Study team also collected information about additional stakeholders who should be engaged in the study process. The final kick-off meeting took place in Orange County in January 2012, and a web-based meeting was held on January 26, 2012, for stakeholders that were not able to participate in person.