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This page has been designed to provide information to representatives of the following groups who may be actively involved in mitigation and reconstruction activities in the Gulf coast region of Mississippi about the mapping project undertaken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and related activities:

  • Federal agencies other than FEMA
  • State agencies other than MEMA and MDEQ
  • Regional agencies
  • Local community agencies
  • Elected officials at the Federal, State, and local levels

Access to Resources

Selected resources are summarized and linked for viewing or downloading below.  Interested parties also may obtain CD-ROM and/or printed paper copies of many of these resources by contacting a Customer Service Representative from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday, at 1-866-816-2804 (toll-free number).

To explain the choices that exist for those community officials and property owners who disagree with the information shown on the Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports for Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson Counties, we have created a map change options page.

Resource Categories and Links

Resources summarized and linked for viewing or downloading below are separated into the following categories:

State-Produced Resources

  • State Hazard Mitigation Plan—This resource, produced by the MEMA Mitigation Bureau in cooperation with the FEMA Region IV office in Atlanta, Georgia, provides a Statewide perspective on how to address hazards and thereby reduce associated risks.
  • Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan—This resource, produced by MEMA, outlines the State's response to emergencies and contains specific information on State agencies’ roles during an event.
  • Floodplain Management Handbook for Community Administrators and  Floodplain Management in Mississippi Quick Guide PDF [29.15MB] TXT [40K] —These resources, produced by the MEMA Floodplain Management Bureau, provide information that community officials and citizens alike may use to help protect people and property, save tax dollars, and reduce future flood losses.
  • State Flood Damage Prevention Model Ordinances—These resources are the model floodplain management ordinances that should be used by communities as guidance for development and adoption of their own National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)-compliant ordinances.
  • Mississippi Hurricane Preparedness Guide—This resource, produced by MEMA and prepared in cooperation with other State and Federal agencies, was designed to increase hurricane awareness and readiness and to assure that all Mississippi citizens are prepared, both on the Gulf Coast and well inland.

Fact Sheets and Frequently Asked Questions

Other Useful Resources

FEMA has developed an array of useful publications and other resources, including those listed below.

  • FEMA 549, Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast:  Mitigation Assessment Team Report, Building Performance Observations, Recommendations, and Technical Guidance, July 2006—This resource provides an overview of the work performed by a Mitigation Assessment Team deployed by the FEMA Mitigation Division in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to evaluate building performance during the hurricane and the adequacy of current building codes, construction requirements, and building practices and materials. PDF [2.6MB] TXT [40K]

  • Mississippi Coastal Mapping Project Video — This video, provided in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, explains the coastal engineering analysis and how the new flood elevations and flood hazard boundaries were scientifically determined.
  • FEMA 495, “Adoption of Flood Insurance Rate Maps by Participating Communities,” September 2005—This brochure addresses several questions about community adoption of the Flood Insurance Rate Map/Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map. PDF [3.22MB] TXT [18.8k]
  • Floodplain Management Bulletin 1-98, “Use of Flood Insurance Study
    (FIS) Data as Best Available Data”—This Web resource provides vital information for the use of preliminary flood hazard and risk data, including DFIRMs and FIS reports.

  • National Flood Insurance Program Enabling Legislation and Regulations— View or download the following resources through this link:
    • National Flood Insurance Program Regulations
      (Title 44, Chapter 1, Parts 59-72 of the Code of Federal Regulations)
    • National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 (Public Law 90-448)
    • Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (Public Law 93-234)
    • National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-325)
    • Bunning-Bereuter-Blumenauer Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-264)