Updated flood hazard maps are a valuable tool. They show how risks have changed and help protect
and property. However, map updates may cause anxiety or confusion for some residents and business
owners, especially those who learn that their property is now at high risk and they will be required
purchase flood insurance. You can ease the transition by clearly explaining to constituents and the
media the value of having up-to-date maps as well as the insurance options available. Use this
comprehensive suite of materials to help.
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FloodSmart provides materials to share with a wide range of audiences who can help carry your message
FloodSmart provides materials to share with a wide range of audiences who can help carry
message forward. Learn more about how to use this toolkit and effective outreach tips.
General Audiences and the Media
Materials to educate and inform property owners, interested colleagues, and members of the
about new flood maps and their implications.
Tools and tips to help agents inform their clients about the ways map changes may affect
Real Estate Agents
Information to help real estate agents inform clients and fulfill their responsibilities when flood maps change.
Materials to help lenders learn how to best work with borrowers as map updates take place.
Builders, Developers and Surveyors
Information to make members of the building industry aware of building and elevation
requirements that may change when new maps are adopted.