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in the NFIP, in 2004 it was estimated that over seventy percent of these communities had FEMA maps that were outdated.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:


paper to digital


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.



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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