FEMA’s Map Modernization (Map Mod) program, which operated in Oregon from 2004 to 2010, was directed at improving and updating the nation’s flood hazard identification maps. DLCD, the lead agency for administration of the NFIP in Oregon, served as the lead agency for the state Map Mod initiative, working cooperatively with multiple mapping partners to carry out map modernization activities. The goals were to transition from a paper map to a digital environment, initiate new studies where possible, and to address some of the more significant issues of the mapping program that resulted in a lack of creditability with the public and challenges for providing good customer service.
Generally speaking, Oregon’s maps were no different than those in the rest of the nation. Of the two hundred fifty eight (258) Oregon cities and counties that participate in the NFIP, in 2004 it was estimated that over seventy percent of these communities had FEMA maps that were outdated.
In 2004, project goals were:
-Work toward a seamless floodplain layer for the entire state supported by a geospatial database;
-Increase effectiveness and efficiency of the floodplain mapping process;
-Ensure public access, particularly for local governments and state agencies, to the best available data in order to support floodplain management;
-Develop and maintain capacity at the state-level to provide high quality customer service to local mapping partners and FEMA;
-Empower Oregon’s NFIP communities to participate in the Map Modernization initiative; and
-Produce all maps for Oregon’s NFIP communities in Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map (DFIRM) format (with paper option).
Map Mod made FIRMs easier to use by putting them in a digital format:
Map Mod Status, December 2010:
The Map Modernization program ended in 2010 and has brought much of Oregon’s NFIP mapping “into the 21st century." By spring, 2011, most of Western Oregon and three of Oregon's eastern counties will have floodplain maps in digital format. When Washington, Tillamook, and Crook Counties (all in appeal) become effective within a year, approximately 95% of the state’s population will be represented by digital maps.