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.
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. Through Risk MAP, new and innovative tools are available to help communities assess and communicate risk in their jurisdictions. The graphic to the left demonstrates the vision for the Risk MAP life cycle which begins with Identifying Risk, then Assessing Risk, then Communicating Risk, and finally Mitigating Risk. 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 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 mapping business plan is to provide FEMA with Alaska’s strategy for local government participation in the Risk MAP program. 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 be working 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.
Fourteen municipalities (cities and boroughs) have participated in Risk MAP studies since the start of the program. The map below shows the combined status of Risk MAP and legacy Map Modernization (FEMA's former mapping program) studies in Alaska. Since 2012, four (4) legacy Map Modernization studies have resulted in Effective Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and two (2) are On Hold due to non-accredited levees. Of the 14 Risk MAP studies, two (2) have resulted in Preliminary FIRMs, five (5) studies are In Progress, four (4) projects are in the Discovery phase, two (2) have been completed, resulting in risk analysis and non-regulatory Risk MAP products, and one (1) is On Hold due to non-accredited levees. For more information on Alaska's Risk MAP projects, click here, or see detailed status of each municipality in the drop-down menu, "Community Risk MAP Studies", above.
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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