Posted on: February 20, 2018

FEMA’s 90-day Appeal Process Has Begun For the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS)

FEMA’s 90-day Appeal Process has begun for the Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS).  This period runs from February 15th to May 15, 2018. Flood Hazard Determination Notices have been sent to municipal officials and public notification concerning the appeal process were placed in local papers on two separate dates (see your municipal letter for actual dates and papers).


Digital versions of the maps can be viewed at; this website also provides a search function for specific addresses.


Or you can download the GIS files from the FEMA Map Service Center (search for your community, look under “Preliminary Products” and download the “Preliminary FIRM Database”.)


Once finalized and adopted, these maps will be used to determine if flood insurance is required and the rates that residential and commercial property owners will pay to the National Flood Insurance Program. The maps will also be utilized when reviewing development plans and enforcing floodplain management regulations.  For more information on the adoption process see our Map Adoption webpage.

The flood insurance rate maps currently in effect are 24-45 years old. Given their long-standing impact, the County encourages municipalities and property owners to take this rare opportunity to review, and if necessary, comment on the revised preliminary maps.

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