National Flood Insurance Program - NFIP

Current News/Events

NEW FLOODPLAIN MAPS, Effective September 19, 2012



Floodplain Permits/Certificates

Below are the forms that will help you with your floodplain development requirements.

Floodplain Permits/Certificates
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
Osage County Factsheet General Information Accessory and Agricultural Structures
New Residential Structures in the SFHA Substantial Damage and Improvements
Non-Residential Structures in the SFHA Waterfront Related Development
Floodplain Development in the Floodway Non-Structural Development Activities
Bathrooms in the Floodplain  
FEMA Map Service Center – click here to create your own FEMA FIRMette.
Information about the NFIP
The 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.