Finding Unpublished BFEs in FIRM Database Using Open–Source GIS

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This 25-minute video tutorial demonstrates four tasks; how to determine if a mapped Zone A floodplain is model–backed, how to download a FIRM database, how to view data in the FIRM database using open–source GIS software, and how to view unpublished Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) in the FIRM database.


Floodplain Mapping 101

An introductory course in floodplain management and floodplain mapping, intended for community officials. This is a high level, informative session to help users better understand some of the more technical aspects of floodplain mapping.

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Part 1 (36 min): Covers basic terms, types of FEMA maps, flood zones, Flood Insurance Studies (FIS), and locating Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) on maps and exhibits.

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Part 2 (16 min): Updating maps through map changes, brief discussion of levees