PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
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Before being approved and made effective, flood insurance rate maps (FIRMS) undergo a determination process which includes opportunities for public feedback from community officials and property owners. The Life Cycle of a Flood Insurance Rate Map image and accompanying description below describe how a FIRM goes from assessment to final determination.
Life Cycle of a Flood Insurance Map
FEMA conducts an assessment too determine if a new Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is required. If necessary, engineers will reevaluate flood zones and develop a new FIRM using LiDAR technology and GIS.
2. Flood Risk Review
After FEMA conducts a Flood Risk Review (FRR), results are shared with the community through a presentation and an introduction of the draft FIRM at an FRR meeting. Feedback is collected.
3. FIRM Goes “Preliminary”
Using data and feedback, the new FIRM is finalized. The effective date for the map is determined. Changes after this step will require formal appeals.
4. CCO Meeting
The Community Coordination Outreach (CCO) meeting is held to present local officials with the effective map and to discuss the accompanying Floodplain Ordinance, a 90-day appeals window opens and the local government is given six months to formally adopt the Floodplain Ordinance.
5. Pre-LFD/Open House Meetings
The public is invited to view effective maps and ask questions about the Floodplain Ordinance at the Pre-LFD Meeting. The “open House” meeting is optional and can occur before or after the Letter of Final Determination (LFD).