Finding The Right Flood Insurance Rate Map

A flood insurance rate map is used to calculate flood insurance rates based on the rate or likelihood of flooding in your area. Therefore, it is always a good idea to be able to determine for yourself, which type of risk has been assigned to the area you live in or plan on purchasing a home. Here's how to find the flood insurance rate map or Federal Emergency.

What You Will Need:

  • Internet access
  • Printer (if you wish to print out the map)

 Step 1 - Visit the FEMA Website

Using your web browser, go to the website of the Federal emergency management agency (FEMA).

Step 2 – Go the Flood Map Section of the Site

Once you are at the FEMA home page, look on the right lower hand corner of the webpage;  there is a section titled “Types of Disasters”. Click on the link for ‘Floods.’

Step 3 – Find Flood Maps for your Areas

On the following page, look to upper right hand corner of the page, there will be an area to enter your home address, or the address of a home you are thinking of purchasing.  Next, enter your address, and click the “search for address” button.

Step 4 – Select from the Flood Map Options

On the next page, you will see a list on the left-hand side of the page; click the link for flood maps, or you can also click the link to buy printed versions of the map delivered to you.

Step 5 - View the Flood Map Results

If you do not wish the map to be printed and delivered to you, click on the “View Map” link.

Step  6 – Viewing the Flood Map

Once you clicked on the “View Map” link, your web browser will display a copy of the flood map for your area. On this screen you can choose to manipulate the view of the map by clicking to zoom in or out on the map, or select only a certain section of the map for viewing.

Also, you can choose to print a section of the map or the entire flood map itself. You can choose to print the map in popular standard size formats such as: letter size, legal size and tabloid size. Alternatively, you can choose to create a PDF file for the section of map you wish to save.

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