***Click here for links to the Open House Videos, and Frequently Asked Questions from December 16th and 17th in both English and Spanish.***
Flood risks in El Paso change over time because of new building and development, weather patterns, and other factors. El Paso is in FEMA’s Region 6, which works with international, federal, state, tribal, and local partners across the region to identify flood risk and to promote informed planning and development practices to help reduce that risk. This work is done through FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program. Updating flood hazard maps and the Flood Insurance Study is a multi-year effort that involves several phases.
One phase involves delivering preliminary flood maps to the communities involved, for their review and comments. Sometimes, a Flood Risk Open House is held, with stations for residents and business owners to learn more about how their flood risk may have changed, possible impacts on flood insurance requirements and costs, and what to do if they disagree with the preliminary maps. At the stations, attendees can also meet one-on-one with a mapping or insurance specialist or a local or FEMA representative. We have also created an online version you can “visit.” At each station, visitors can learn more about the new maps and the flood study.
Each of the five links below is a “station” for you to visit. We recommend that you start with Identify Your Flood Risk.