An overview of New Hampshire's Floodplain Management Program and the information and services it offers
The Office of Strategic Initiatives, (OSI) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New Hampshire. OSI provides technical assistance and training to communities and the public on floodplain management and helps to promote sound land use planning techniques that will reduce flood losses. Learn more about the NH Floodplain Management Program and how the NFIP is administered in the state by viewing OSI’s interactive story map and the About the Program page.
OSI’s NH Flood Hazards Viewer is an online tool to view current, pending, and preliminary FEMA floodplain mapping for all NH communities (except those in Belknap County, which can be viewed using the FEMA Map Service Center). The Viewer allows a user to view and compare the latest effective and preliminary or pending FEMA flood hazard information along with parcel boundaries and contour data for most areas of the state.
News and Updates:
- OSI will be holding a free Floodplain Management Basics training webinar for local community officials on Thursday, November 12th from 10 to 11:30 am. This webinar will provide basic information and guidance about the National Flood Insurance Program (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 Samara.M.Ebinger@osi.nh.gov.
- On July 29, 2020, FEMA issued the Letter of Final Determination (LFD) for the Piscataqua Salmon Falls Watershed – Coastal Project. The LFD establishes the effective date of the new Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and provides communities six months to adopt the new FIRMs and FIS prior to the effective date. The FIRM effective date is January 29, 2021. More information can be found on the Rockingham County Coastal Project page.
- Check out OSI’s new CRS 2021 Changes fact sheet about upcoming significant changes to the CRS program requirements for Class 8 and 9 communities in 2021.
- 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!
Information and Resources for:
- Community Officials
- Property Owners, Renters, Businesses
- Real Estate Professionals, Insurance Agents, and Lenders
- Surveyors, Engineers, Architects
- Community Rating System (CRS)
- Flood Insurance
- Flood Mitigation and Resiliency
- Floodplain Maps and Studies
- Floodplain Permit Process, Applications and Certificates
- Floodplain Regulations and State Model Ordinances
- Join the NFIP Program
- Newsletter and Fact Sheets
- NH Flood Hazards Handbook for Municipal Officials
- Other Agency & Organizations Links
- Technical Information and Guidance
- Training and Education
For more information, contact:
Jennifer Gilbert, CFM, ANFI
Samara Ebinger, CFM
Assistant State Coordinator