National Flood Insurance Program
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves in the event of flooding. Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, and business owners as long as their community participates in the NFIP. Participating communities agree to reduce their risk of future flooding by adopting and enforcing floodplain ordinances that meet or exceed the minimum NFIP requirements and in exchange, flood insurance is available to everyone in the community.
Wyoming has 19 of 23 counties participating and 66 of 99 municipalities participating in the NFIP.
Participation in the NFIP takes just a few easy steps.
Contact Kim Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org if your community would like to participate.
National Flood Hazard Layer – https://hazards.fema.gov/femaportal/wps/portal/NFHLWMSkmzdownload
The National Flood Hazard Layer allows for the display of flood hazard zones and labels, including the Flood Insurance Rate Map and Letter of Map Revision boundaries, where digital flood mapping is available.
The FEMA 480 is a Desk Reference for Local Officials, and should be a “go-to” document for all local floodplain managers. It provides guidance on how to handle many of the questions that come up regarding local floodplain management.
Elevation Certificate - http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1383
The Elevation Certificate is a document that can be used to provide accurate elevations on properties. This document comes with instructions on how to properly fill it out, and who is qualified to fill out each section for floodplain management and insurance purposes.
Letter of Map Amendment - http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=2328
FloodSmart – www.floodsmart.gov
The FloodSmart website is the official website for the National Flood Insurance Program. It contains many tools and useful information about the program.
FEMA Map Service Center – www.msc.fema.gov
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
The Wyoming Quick Guide helps local officials and residents understand why and how Wyoming communities must manage development in floodplains to protect people and property.