Communities: Know the Risk

NFIP Information for the State of Louisiana

Know your Risk

Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) seeks to collaborate and coordinate with our Region 6 states to identify risks and increase public awareness. We invite you to find local flood risk information on your parish’s page in order to make educated decisions concerning your home and family.

The site also provides information for current ongoing studies as well as information for parishes with current effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). These current effective FIRMs may be viewed from the FEMA Map Service Center.


This map provides you with a quick view of the parishes where active mapping studies are occurring. It also identifies where we are currently identifying risk in a watershed area within Louisiana. The status of maps, locally specific resources and other risk information is available on the parish page. If Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are currently available for your parish, a link to the Risk MAP Mapping Portal will be provided on the parish page.


Preliminary DFIRMs issued in 2008 are currently being revised to show the benefits of the Hurricane Storm Damage Risk Reduction System, or HSDRRS, improvements. A map of the HSDRRS system is shown here. While the Preliminary maps are being updated, information will be shared with local communities on their parish pages. Levee systems are designed to provide a specific level of flood risk reduction. No levee system provides full protection from all flooding events, but they do reduce risk during certain flood events.


Follow your parish page to learn more about the study. Understand the risk of living behind levees and take proactive steps to address those risks.

Related Images (click to enlarge)

Louisiana Map

HSDRRS Project Map

Take Action

Once you know your risk, click on the Take Action: Empowering Communities tab to learn more about what you can do.