Advisory Base Flood Elevation Information and Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS)

FEMA has released its Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) information to help communities plan for and reduce the risk from future flooding. FEMA Region II (covering NY, NJ, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands) has initiated a coastal flood study to update Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMS) for parts of NY and NJ.  The website, which hosts a wide array of information, will be updated as the Region II coastal flood study continues.

 This information is crucial to those who need to rebuild after Sandy so they can build stronger and safer. It is important for property and business owners to work with their local officials to fully understand any requirements for using ABFEs and/or determining mandatory elevations in rebuilding.  On the Sandy ABFE page, you can view interactive ABFE maps, watch video tutorials, and access guides and toolkits.  Here is a sample of some of the information available. 


Anyone with questions or comments about ABFEs can call the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Help Center at 1-800-427-4661 or fill out the online form at


Please take the time to explore this website and share this information with your staff, clients, and networks.


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