The Risk MAP Process Path

The Risk MAP Process Path is a new tool developed by FEMA Region 6 to visually illustrate the twelve steps and related actions along the path with the Risk MAP process. This tool provides State agencies a graphical depiction that clearly communicates the process to local communities. It also illustrate the many paths available for mitigation actions. A printable version of the Process Path is available on the Resources tab.

Risk Map 6 Process Path

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Whether involved in a Risk MAP study or not, communities are already somewhere along the path. While on the Risk MAP path, communities have the opportunity to identify natural hazard risks, communicate risks to citizens, recognize and embrace the benefits of floodplain management, understand and mitigate risks, and prepare residents for potential natural hazard risks.

Navigating the Process Path

Each Risk MAP study has a team of specialist from FEMA branches working together to provide a comprehensive perspective and approach for each study. This group is called a Regional Project Team. In the upper left of the Process Path, a multi-colored rectangle depicts the issues considered by each team member. The four quadrants represent areas of specialization, while the center section represents various stakeholders that the Regional Project Team could engage as appropriate.

The legend provides a guide for the Regional Project Team member responsible for the action indicated on the path. It also indicates, by color, when one of the steps represents a product or tool that can be used by the community.

The colorful diamond symbols along the path indicate communication opportunities in the process. FEMA’s internal Regional Project Team meets bi-weekly. When milestones are reached along the Process Path, opportunities for targeted messaging are a priority.

The Journey to Resilience

At the center of the Process Path is when communities take the steps necessary to Implement Mitigation Actions. Changing risk long-term for communities requires communities taking action. Wherever communities are on the Process Path, local mitigation actions can always be taken, or local understanding of risk can be used to augment or enhance local hazard mitigation plans.

Discovery Phase (Watershed Selection to Discovery Report/Project Selection)

A watershed is selected for Discovery based on risk, need, available topographic data, and other factors. The data that FEMA has readily available is gathered and prepared at the national and regional level. For a complete picture of a communities’ flood risk, FEMA relies heavily on information and data provided by the community itself. Community participation prior to Discovery is necessary to assure that FEMA has the most up to date understanding of a communities’ flood risk.

Throughout the Risk MAP Process, FEMA will engage and partner with States, local communities, and stakeholders to communicate risk. One of the goals of Risk MAP is to build awareness and understanding of risk to empower communities to take action to reduce that risk.

Risk Map 6 Discovery Phase

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Risk MAP is not map driven— it is Action-driven through community participation, adopting mitigation planning, communicating risk to citizens, implementing mitigation actions to reduce risk, and utilizing mitigation plans to secure grant funding. Our goal is to build resilient communities.

Learn more about each of the steps on this journey to resilience by following the links on the puzzle pieces in the Steps to Resilience.

Follow the Take Action tab to learn more about what communities can do to in this process.

Risk Identification and Assessment Phase (Project Selection to Resilience Meeting)

Risk Map 6 Risk Identification and Assessment Phase

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Regulatory Update Phase (Resilience Meeting to Effective Meeting)

FEMA periodically updates the flood hazard maps to better define potential risks due to flooding. FEMA intends to proactively combine quality engineering with state-of-the-art flood hazard data, and increase public awareness of the risks associated with living in flood prone areas. This awareness will lead to actions that reduce risk and impacts to life and property. The flood hazard maps will be issued to you in the form of a Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).

Risk Map 6 Regulatory Update Phase

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Community participation is important at every step of the flood study process. Current and accurate information that is reflected in the updated flood risk information may lead to issuance of flood hazard maps known as Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs. Updated FIRMs will result in an important benefit to your community – you will be better able to assess your risk of flooding.

In this phase, the regulatory products including the Flood Insurance Study (FIS), Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Digital FIRM Database are developed.

Map Maintenance Phase (Post Effective)

Risk Map 6 Map Maintenance Phase

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