The Region II office of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has initiated a coastal flood study to produce updated Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for communities in coastal New Jersey and New York, including New York City. The map update process has now entered the statutory 90-day appeal period during which local community officials and the public can provide feedback if they believe the proposed information is not correct.

Feedback can be provided about flood hazard information and other map features such as corporate boundaries or street names until the end of the appeal period. You can find the start and end dates of the appeal period for your community and more information about the appeal and comment process on the Region II Appeal Period page.

The Preliminary Flood Map Feedback Portal allows local community officials and the public to submit feedback on the new maps and track the status of requests online. This tool is available for use for the New York and New Jersey communities listed on the Region II Appeal Period page. Use of the Portal is not required. If you’d prefer to provide information using a different method, the Submissions fact sheet provides more information.

Before you get started using the Portal, please review the Help resources available through the Portal homepage.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Preliminary Flood Map Feedback Portal?

The Preliminary Flood Map Feedback Portal was developed by the FEMA Region II office to support the statutory appeals process for preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) released for certain communities in coastal New Jersey and New York. The Portal allows community officials and members of the public to submit feedback on the preliminary FIRMs and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports and track the status of requests.

Local community officials also have the ability to review and provide their input on requests received from members of the public that affect their community prior to FEMA review. This step is required by National Flood Insurance Program regulations that outline the statutory appeals process. Local community officials can also view and track the status of all requests received that affect their community.

What is the statutory appeals process?

The appeals process is part of the regulatory mapping process outlined in Title 44, Chapter I, Part 67 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Whenever FEMA issues preliminary FIRMs and FIS reports that involve changes to flood hazard information, a statutory 90-day appeal period is required. During this period anyone can submit information that shows the proposed flood hazards or other information on the preliminary FIRM or in the FIS report is not correct.

Each submittal received is categorized as an appeal or comment. The designation of a submittal as an appeal provides certain appellant rights, including the opportunity to have data reviewed by a Scientific Resolution Panel.

If warranted, the preliminary FIRM and/or FIS report will be updated before it is finalized based on the feedback provided.

Do I have to use the Portal if I want to submit feedback on the preliminary FIRMs?

No, use of the Portal is optional. If you’d prefer to provide information using a different method, the Submissions fact sheet provides more information on how to do so.

How do I get started using the Portal?

We recommend you review the Help resources available through the Portal homepage. These resources include step-by-step instructions for using the Portal and an FAQ. We also recommend reading about the appeal period and data submittal requirements ahead of time so you can gather the necessary information to support your request.

I believe the flood hazard information shown on the preliminary FIRM is not correct. What information will I need to submit in order for FEMA to change the map?

You will need to submit information that shows that the preliminary flood hazard information is scientifically or technically incorrect. Acceptable data could include the following:

  • Alternative coastal, hydrologic, and/or hydraulic analyses to support a change to Base Flood Elevations, base flood depths, flood zone boundaries or designations, or other flood hazard information;
  • More detailed or accurate topographic (elevation) data in support of flood hazard boundary changes;
  • Revised flood zone boundaries, floodway delineations, and/or FIS report tables and profiles (as necessary) showing the resulting changes to the preliminary FIRM and FIS report must also be provided in digital format.

Supporting data submitted must also be certified by a registered Professional Engineer or Licensed Land Surveyor as appropriate. More detail about types of data to submit is available on pages 5-11 of FEMA’s Criteria for Appeals of Flood Insurance Rate Maps.

When do I need to submit my feedback on the preliminary FIRMs by?

Feedback can be provided any time before the end of the 90-day appeal period. You can find the start and end dates of the appeal period for your community on the Region II Appeal Period page.

I am having difficulty registering or logging in to the Portal or having other technical difficulties. Who should I contact?

Please contact the FEMA Region II Coastal Outreach team at region2coastal@rampp-team.com.

I am a local community official who would like to use the Portal on behalf of my community. Do I need to register to use the Portal?

No. Local community officials received special credentials to access the Portal that were e-mailed to them directly. If you need credentials to log in as a community official, but did not receive an e-mail with login credentials, you may contact the FEMA Region II Coastal Outreach team at region2coastal@rampp-team.com to request community official-level access credentials.

I am a local community official and have received feedback from one of my residents directly. Should I enter this feedback into the Portal myself?

If local community officials receive feedback directly from members of the public, we recommend that the feedback be forwarded directly to the FEMA Region II Coastal Outreach team at region2coastal@rampp-team.com who will handle the entry of the submittal into the Portal. That way it will be clear who the actual submitter of the feedback is in the Portal.

I’ve submitted feedback on the preliminary FIRM through the Portal. When will I hear from FEMA about my submittal?

FEMA will be in contact with you once a review of your submittal has been performed. At that point, FEMA will either send you a letter requesting additional data needed to complete the review or a resolution letter for the request if all needed data has been received. You will receive these letters by standard mail and also a copy by e-mail.

Response time may vary. All submittals from the public must first be reviewed by the appropriate local community officials before FEMA begins its review. You can track the status of your request at any time by logging in to the Portal. All requests will be reviewed and appropriately resolved prior to the preliminary FIRMs becoming final.