National Flood Insurance Program - NFIP
Current News/EventsNEW FLOODPLAIN MAPS, Effective September 19, 2012
Floodplain Permits/CertificatesBelow are the forms that will help you with your floodplain development requirements.
Osage County Floodplain Requirements
Amendment to Floodplain Ordinance - Amended September 19, 2012
Amendment to Floodplain Ordinance - Amended February 21, 2013
Osage County Floodplain Development Quick Guides
FEMA Map Service Center – click here to create your own FEMA FIRMette.
Information about the NFIPThe Mitigation Division, a component of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), manages the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The three components of the NFIP are:
Nearly 20,000 communities across the United States and its territories participate in the NFIP by adopting and enforcing floodplain management ordinances to reduce future flood damage. In exchange, the NFIP makes Federally backed flood insurance available to homeowners, renters, and business owners in these communities. Community participation in the NFIP is voluntary.
Flood insurance is designed to provide an alternative to disaster assistance to reduce the escalating costs of repairing damage to buildings and their contents caused by floods. Flood damage is reduced by nearly $1 billion a year through communities implementing sound floodplain management requirements and property owners purchasing of flood insurance. Additionally, buildings constructed in compliance with NFIP building standards suffer approximately 80 percent less damage annually than those not built in compliance. And, every $3 paid in flood insurance claims saves $1 in disaster assistance payments.
In addition to providing flood insurance and reducing flood damages through floodplain management regulations, the NFIP identifies and maps the Nation's floodplains. Mapping flood hazards creates broad-based awareness of the flood hazards and provides the data needed for floodplain management programs and to actuarially rate new construction for flood insurance.
- The NFIP Program Description ( DOC 619 KB) offers a more detailed overview and history of the program.
- Buying flood insurance is the best thing you can do to protect your home, your business, family, and financial security.
- Answers to Questions about the NFIP
- Answers to Questions about Substantially Damaged Buildings
- Openings in Foundation Walls & Walls of Enclosures
- Anchor Fuel Tanks
- Build with Flood Resistance Materials
- Install Sewer Backflow Valves
- Procedures for No-Rise Certification (Microsoft Word)
- Protect Building Utilities from Flood Damage
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards
- Protect Wells from Contamination by Flooding
- Raise Electrical System Components
- Raise or Floodproof HVAC Components
- Technical Bulletin - Requirements for Flood Damage-resistant Materials
- Technical Bulletin - Openings in Foundation Walls for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas
- Technical Bulletin - Ensuring Structures Built on Fill Near Special Flood Harard Areas are Safe from Flooding
- Technical Bulletin - Crawlspace Construction for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas
- Technical Bulletin - Non-Residential Floodproofing Requirements and Certification
- Technical Bulletin - Below-Grade Parking Requirements for Buildings Located in Special Flood Hazard Areas