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ALASKA RISK MAP PROGRAM

Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP)

Increasing Resilience Together

Municipal (National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] and Non-NFIP) Risk MAP Studies Imminently-Threatened Alaska Native Village Risk MAP Studies Risk MAP Program Documents and Links Community Resilience Presentations, Resources and Websites DCRA's Community Resilience and Climate Adaptation Programs

The Alaska Risk MAP Program is funded through a Cooperating Technical Partnership between the State of Alaska and FEMA. The program provides communities with flood and other hazard information, risk assessment tools and outreach support to increase local understanding of risk, inform community decisions regarding risk, and ultimately lead to local actions which will reduce risk. Increasing community resilience to natural hazards is a goal.

graphic of the Region 10 Risk MAP Process

Risk MAP is a process, a continuing, collaborative partnership to help federal, state, tribal, and local community officials, business owners, private citizens and stakeholders make sound floodplain management decisions and take action to reduce risk from floods and other hazards.

Risk MAP intends to integrate and align other FEMA mitigation and risk analysis programs, such as the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning and National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP), into a into an effective, community-based strategy.

The graphic to the left illustrates the Risk MAP Process from Discovery through Resilience. For more information on each step of the Risk MAP process, please visit the Risk MAP Process story map webpage.

Risk MAP intends to integrate and align other FEMA mitigation and risk analysis programs, such as the Multi-Hazard Mitigation Planning and National Flood Insurance Programs (NFIP), into a into an effective, community-based strategy.

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Alaska's Strategy

The Alaska Mapping Business Plan: Integrating Mapping, Assessment, and Mitigation Planning comprehensively evaluates the status of Alaska's flood maps, setting priorities for future mapping and risk assessment, and outlining a collaborative relationship with FEMA to fully execute the Risk MAP strategy for the benefit of Alaska’s communities, local governments, tribal entities, and residents. The purpose of the Alaska Mapping Business Plan is to provide FEMA with Alaska's strategy for local government participation in the Risk MAP Program.

Imminently-Threatened Alaska Native Communities

In 2017, a new focus of Alaska's Risk MAP Program is being developed to provide assistance to Alaska Native villages threatened by flooding, erosion and permafrost degradation. This effort will initially focus on the thirty-one communities identified as imminently threatened in the 2009 U.S. Government Accountability Report, Alaska Native Villages: Limited Progress Has Been Made on Relocating Villages Threatened by Flooding and Erosion (GAO-09-551, June 3, 2009). During the coming year, DCRA will work with other state and federal agencies, private sector organizations, non-profit entities, tribes and local governments to develop a strategy that will bring the resources and tools of Risk MAP to the communities most in need of this assistance. Please visit the Imminently-Threatened Alaska Native Village story map webpage for more information.

Mapping Studies in Alaska

Ten municipalities (cities and boroughs) have ongoing Risk MAP studies. Five (5) municipal Risk MAP studies have resulted in Preliminary FIRMs, two (2) studies are In Progress, one (1) is in the Draft Workmap phase, and two (2) projects are in the Discovery phase. For more information on Alaska's Risk MAP projects, click here, or see detailed status of each municipality in the drop-down menu, "National Flood Insurance Program-Participating Community Risk MAP Studies", above.

 Risk Map Studies in Alaska

FEMA Region X Risk MAP Newsletters

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

State of Alaska Risk MAP Coordinator
Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588
Fax (907) 269-4539
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov