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About the Program

An overview of the assistance offered by the NH Floodplain Management Program

The Office of Strategic Initiatives, (OSI) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New Hampshire. The NFIP is a partnership between a community and the federal government. Communities participate by agreeing to adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance designed to reduce future flood risks and in return all residents in those participating communities (whether in floodplain or not) can purchase flood insurance.

Currently, there are 219 communities (93 percent) in New Hampshire that participate in the NFIP. To learn the status of each New Hampshire community, you can view a map pdf file or view the FEMA Community Status Book. For more information on how a community can join the NFIP, please go to the Joining the NFIP page.

Through FEMA's Community Assistance Program, OSI provides technical assistance to communities and the public on floodplain management and helps to promote sound land use planning techniques that will reduce flood losses. OSI conducts Community Assistance Visits to ensure that communities participating in the NFIP are meeting program goals. OSI staff is available to help you and your community understand the NFIP.

OSI provides assistance on Flood Insurance, Floodplain Maps and Studies, Floodplain Outreach, and Floodplain Regulations. To keep up-to-date on news and events, please go to the Floodplain Management Training and Education page.

The NH Floodplain Management Program coordinates closely with the FEMA Regional Office in Boston as well as other federal, state, regional, and local agencies and organizations. For a complete list, please go to the Links page.

Learn more about the NH Floodplain Management Program and how the NFIP is administered in our state using our interactive story map.

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