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Floodplain Management Program

An overview of New Hampshire's Floodplain Management Program and the information and services it offers

News and Updates:

  • The NH Community Rating System (CRS) Users Group will be holding their quarterly meeting via Webex on June 17th, from 1pm to 2pm. Municipal officials from any community are welcome to attend, regardless of whether they participate in CRS. The main topic of this meeting will be recent changes to FEMA NFIP Technical Bulletins 1 (Flood Openings) and 5 (Free of obstruction requirements). To RSVP, please contact Samara Ebinger at
  • OSI will be holding a free Floodplain Administrator 101 training webinar for local community officials on Thursday, May 21st from 2 to 3pm. This webinar will provide basic information and guidance about the NFIP, FEMA floodplain maps and studies, key floodplain regulations, and the responsibilities of the community to remain in good standing in the NFIP. Resources to get more information on key topics will also be highlighted. To register, contact Samara Ebinger at OSI at
  • On September 15, 2019, an updated State Building Code took effect in New Hampshire which includes the 2015 editions of the International Building Code (IBC), the International Residential Code (IRC), and other parts of the International Code (I-Code) series, as amended by the State. The 2015 I-Codes include new requirements for new and Substantially Improved structures in the Special Flood Hazard Area that exceed the minimum standards of the NFIP. More information is available in OSI's new fact sheet pdf file.
  • The NH Silver Jackets Team, which includes representation from the NH Office of Strategic Initiatives, announces the release of the NH Flood Hazards Handbook for Municipal Officials. This new publication is designed to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from floods. It includes guidance, best practices, and information about available federal and state resources. Also included is a customizable Flood Response and Recovery Checklist that can be used by municipal officials to identify and manage priority activities when a flood does happen. The handbook is now available for download from the NH Silver Jackets website.
  • The NH Floodplain Management Program has released an update to the State's Model Floodplain Management Ordinances. In addition, an accompanying notes document for each ordinance and a companion Menu of Higher Floodplain Regulation Standards were developed. All of the documents can be found on OSI’s Regulations page.
  • Get the latest news about the National Flood Insurance Program and floodplain management topics in New Hampshire in the latest edition of our Flood Lines newsletter!

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Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Gilbert, CFM, ANFI
State Coordinator
Voice: 603-271-1762

Samara Ebinger, CFM
Assistant State Coordinator
Voice: 603-271-1755

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NH Office of Strategic Initiatives
Governor Hugh J. Gallen State Office Park
Johnson Hall, 3rd Floor  |  107 Pleasant Street  |  Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-2155  |  fax: (603) 271-2615