Risk MAP (Mapping, Assessment, and Planning)


FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) is initiating Risk MAP and has developed a multi year plan spanning FY10-FY14. The vision for Risk MAP is to deliver quality data that increases public awareness and leads to action that reduces risk to life and property. Risk MAP builds on flood hazard data and maps produced during the Flood Map Modernization program. Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Multi-Year Plan: Fiscal Years 2010 - 2014 was approved on March 16, 2009. To learn more about Risk MAP, visit FEMA’s Risk Map home page.  


Map Modernization was about creating a product.  Risk MAP represents a process.  Map Modernization, while significantly improving the quality and readability of floodplain maps, was largely about digitizing maps.  Risk MAP, however, is characterized by a full alignment of FEMA’s programs - from discovering local needs, mapping with better base data, working with community representatives in assessing risk and vulnerability - with planning and mitigation considerations woven throughout.  

Risk MAP concerns the community, making maps and information available in a way that that makes sense, is understandable, and is usable.  


Risk MAP has five overarching goals:


1) Address gaps in flood hazard data, continuing the work of Map Modernization, identifying areas of dated and/or inconsistent mapping and updating high-priority areas with new mapping (especially coastal areas and levees);

2) Measurably increase the public’s awareness & understanding of risk, through a combination of enhanced products, tools, and outreach; 

5 goals3) Lead an effective engagement in Mitigation Planning, with Risk MAP as a “living database” for natural hazards, community mitigation plans and strategy that is continuous and adaptive;

4) Provide an enhanced digital platform that includes data, tools, applications, strategies, and a digital library of events and actions; and

5) Align Risk Analysis programs and developing synergies, coordinating the FEMA stream of funding in Oregon into a more synchronized effort, from mapping and enforcement of NFIP regulations - to hazard mitigation plans and projects.



FEMA Risk Map Fiscal Year 2011 Report to Congress (good overview of project): default  Risk MAP report (1.76 MB)




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:

Dave Lentzner
635 Capitol St. NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2540

Phone: 503-934-0010