Know Your Risk.
View the Best Available Flood Hazard Data for your Location!
FEMA has released preliminary work map data for Atlantic, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean Counties, New Jersey and New York City which supersedes the Advisory Base Flood Elevation (ABFE) information previously released. Additional preliminary work map data for other communities will be released in the coming months.
Also Now Available: ABFE information for Rockland County, New York.
ABFE information also remains available for Westchester County, New York and the following New Jersey Counties: Bergen, Burlington, Cape May, Essex, Middlesex and Union.
questions about the difference between ABFE maps and preliminary work
maps, and/or what "best available flood hazard data" means for your
community? Learn more through the Understanding Best Available Flood Hazard Data page.
Get Best Available Flood Hazard Data Now!
Note: Both the interactive map and What is My BFE? tool show preliminary work map data where released. For areas where preliminary work maps have not yet been released, ABFE data (if available) will be shown since it currently is the best available flood hazard data.
Preliminary work map information in GIS format and supplementary engineering information about the maps is also available for download.
GIS users can access a preliminary work map data layer through the following services:
ABFE map layers are available through the following services:
ABFE information in GIS format is also available for download for New Yorkand New Jersey.
GIS shapefiles of data layers are also available for download directly through FEMA's Interactive Best Available Flood Hazard Data Map and the What is my BFE? tool.
People with accessibility needs may call 1-800-427-4661 or use our online form to request and receive assistance in identifying and interpreting the best available flood hazard data for their property.
Other Ways to Access ABFE Maps
Use these map panel indexes to locate and view the ABFE .pdf map panel you need.
View a summary of changes made to certain ABFE map panels since the original release of the maps on the Advisory Base Flood Elevation Map Panel Updates page.
Know Your Role.
Learn Why Best Available Flood Hazard Data is Important to You.
FEMA will assist communities in applying the best available flood hazard data as they evaluate their risk during the long term recovery and re-building phase. This information will also be provided to other Federal and State agencies and local governments to assist in carrying out their recovery efforts. Find out below why FEMA's best available flood hazard data is important to you.
Get the Facts
Learn more about using best available flood hazard data through the Understanding Best Available Flood Hazard Data page!
- State and local governments can use the best available flood hazard data to site and elevate critical facilities and other public works projects, to plan and evaluate mitigation grant projects, and to guide new construction. Visit the Recovery Toolkit for Community Officials webpage for a full list of resources, including downloadable fact sheets and presentations that can be used to communicate with residents.
- Property owners can understand where flood risk exists and decide whether to build to higher standards based on what has been learned from Hurricane Sandy. Visit the Recovery Toolkit for Property Owners webpage for answers to many of your questions, helpful fact sheets you can download and other resources.
Builders and Architects - Architects and builders can use the best available flood hazard data to design responsible rebuilding and rehabilitation solutions for property owners.
• Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy: Building Safer and Stronger Pays Off
Questions or comments?
Call the National Flood Insurance Program Help Center at 1(800) 427-4661 or contact us through our online form today.
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Take Action Now!
As communities begin to recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, it is important to recognize lessons being learned and to employ mitigation actions that ensure structures are rebuilt stronger, safer, and less vulnerable to future flooding events.
Rebuild Safer and Stronger
If your home or business has been flooded, you can utilize many of FEMA’s resources to better understand how to rebuild safer and stronger. It is important to contact your local community to understand what you need to know before rebuilding. Given the level of flood risk you face, there are resources to understand the proper construction techniques that should be used for protecting your home or business.
Hurricane Sandy Road to Recovery: A New York Homeowner's Guide is a FEMA publication available to inform homeowners affected by Sandy of different options and resources available for recovery.
The FEMA publication Mitigation Ideas: A Resource for Reducing Risk from Natural Hazards is available to help communities identify and evaluate potential mitigation actions for reducing risk from natural hazards and disasters. You can also learn about best practices that have been implemented by other communities through FEMA’s Mitigation Best Practices search webpage or view FEMA’s catalog of mitigation fact sheets.
Be prepared for the next flood by looking into a flood insurance policy. Visit FloodSmart.gov to find information on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and to find an insurance agent near you.
For local communities, there is a significant opportunity to help save lives, prevent property damage, and reduce the cost of flood insurance for your residents by joining FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS). CRS recognizes community efforts beyond the minimum standards for floodplain management by reducing flood insurance premiums for the community’s property owners.
Resources Available to Help an Individual Take Action
Learn about Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage that may be available to help some property owners reduce the risk of damage from future floods by elevating, flood proofing, demolishing, or relocating their building to meet the requirements of a local community’s building ordinances.
Learn more about FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance programs which are available to local governments and communities to provide funding for eligible mitigation activities that reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
Property and business owners should also work with their local communities to determine if there are other programs and resources available to support elevating your home or business.