Maps can only effect change on the ground if they’re used, and that means getting them into the right people’s hands and making sure that they know how to interpret them. Consider creating either printed or web-based maps that everybody can access. If your community has a GIS specialist, he or she can explain the different options available. For communities without a GIS expert, consider posting the maps at town/city hall, having available copies at the public library, and ensuring that each relevant board and department has copies for public viewing during business hours. For more ways to get your maps out to the public, see raising general hazard awareness.

* Your community needs only 500 points to qualify for reduced flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS). For more information (including how to apply for the CRS program), see our Community Rating System (CRS) primer.

Notes from the folks at CRS:

“Community websites that provide hazard information or link to other websites that provide hazard information related to the community receive credit under Activity 350. For many communities this may be the easiest way to provide their citizens with access to their FIRM. The community must publicize this service annually.”

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