The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration's Hazard Mapping Division maintains and updates the National Flood Insurance Program maps.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released preliminary new maps on Monday revealing that an additional 35,000 homes and buildings are now listed in flood zones.
The New York Times reported that while the maps will not “formally go into effect for two years,” Mayor Bloomberg is getting ready to deliver an executive order that would help rebuild damaged homes that weren’t located in the original flood zones but now included in the new FEMA maps.
For more information, download the How to Prepare for a Flood guide, which provides the basics of floods, explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger. Below is a map of the United States, which depicts all coastal, flash, lakeshore, storm surge, or other flooding identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) by county since 1996.
In all, approximately 95% of the US is under one of the first three frequency groups with some recorded flooding.

Efficient communication is paramount, and to be successful, FEMA is turning to the internet. Visit What's New to keep up with the latest developments in flood hazard mapping, and to subscribe to the Flood Map News e-mail bulletin. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. The first and highest frequency group in the scale represents counties with between 101 and 4,114 flood events. Flooding can occur during every season, but some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year. It includes data from the NCDC Storm Events database, and includes all events in the database categorized as Costal Flooding, Flooding, Flash Flooding, Lakeshore Flooding, and Storm Surge.

PDFHow to Prepare for a FloodThis hazard-specific guide provides information on the basics of each hazard, how to protect yourself and your property, and what steps to take now. The second highest frequency group in the scale represents counties with between 21 and 100 flood events.

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