Obtaining the FIRM

FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM)

Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) a.k.a. Flood Maps can be viewed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Map Service Center. If you have the map panel number, the map selection process will be quicker. See Reading the FIRM for step-by-step instructions. The Flood Maps for your community should be available for review only at your local Community Map Repository site, typically this is your local planning, zoning, or engineering office; copies are not produced nor distributed.

If you would like copies of Flood Maps or to print a FIRMette, they may be obtained through FEMA's Map Service Center. A FIRMette allows you to print a portion of the FIRM by enlarging the map to your specific property location. The FIRMette will also include pertinent information; community number, map/panel number, date of revision, and flood zone area if applicable.

If you want full size maps (36” x 24”), you need to order through the Map Service Center. Because the Map Service Center maintains thousands of Flood Maps, you will need to provide specific information about the map(s) you want to order such as the name of the community and the county it lies in, or the six-digit community number.

Federal Emergency Management Agency
Map Service Center
P.O. Box 1038 
800-358-9620 Fax