Documents & Publications

Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House (FEMA - 347)

This publication shows how flood prone houses in south Florida were elevated above the 100-year flood level following Hurricane Andrew. Alternative elevation techniques are also demonstrated.

Answers to Questions About the National Flood Insurance Program (F - 084)

This booklet (PDF) is intended to acquaint the public with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Despite the highly technical nature of the Program, there has been a deliberate effort to minimize the use of technical terms. This publication is designed for readers who do not need a detailed history or refined technical or legal explanations, but do need a basic understanding of the program and the answers to some frequently asked questions. Readers who need legal definitions should refer to the Standard Flood Insurance Policy and to NFIP and related regulations.

Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA - 54)

The 2011 CCM, 4th Ed. (FEMA P-55), is a 2-volume publication that provides a comprehensive approach to planning, siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining homes in the coastal environment. Volume I provides information about hazard identification, siting decisions, regulatory requirements, economic implications, and risk management. The primary audience for Volume I is design professionals, officials, and those involved in the decision-making process. Volume II contains in-depth descriptions of design, construction, and maintenance practices that, when followed, will increase the durability of residential buildings in the harsh coastal environment and reduce economic losses associated with coastal natural disasters. The primary audience for Volume II is the design professional who is familiar with building codes and standards and; has a basic understanding of engineering principles.

Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage (FEMA-P-348)

This manual discusses how to protect utilities from flooding.

Reducing Damage from Localized Flooding (FEMA - 511)

This guide (PDF) is intended to help local offices understand what they can do to reduce the damage, disruption, and public and private costs that result from the shallow, localized flooding that occurs within jurisdictions. This is flooding that all too often escapes the attention received by larger floods or those that are clearly mapped and subject to floodplain development regulations.

Dare County GIS 

View and print maps of your property; includes flood as well as other information

Nags Head Hazard Mitigation Plan 

Includes the Town's policies and procedures to mitigate environmental hazard impacts.

Elevation Certificate

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Elevation Certificate (EC) (FEMA form 086-0-33) (PDF)is an administrative tool of the NFIP which is to be used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with to community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, or support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA).