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Floodplain Management

The National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Program enabling property owners to purchase flood insurance and is designed to reduce the escalating costs of property damage caused by floods.

To be covered by a flood insurance policy, a property must be in a community that participates in the NFIP. To qualify for the program, a community adopts and enforces a floodplain management ordinance to regulate development in flood hazard areas. The basic objective is to ensure that development will not aggravate existing flooding conditions and that new buildings will be protected from flood damage.

On November 18, 1981, the Pasco County Board of County Commissioners joined the NFIP.  At this time, the maps used in the program are being modernizated to provide a digital format along with updated information.  The effective date of the maps will be September 26, 2014.  Additional information on this effort can be found on the Flood Map Modernization page.

For more information on the NFIP and the requirements select any of the topics on the left or right or send questions to Floodplain Information .