Region III Flood Risk MAP

Helping communities understand a complete picture of their natural hazard risk

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)

Not only is flooding one of the most common and costly disasters, flood risk can also change over time because of new building and development, weather patterns and other factors. FEMA is working with federal, state, tribal and local partners across the nation to identify flood risk and help reduce that risk through the Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program.

Risk MAP provides high quality flood maps and information, tools to better assess the risk from flooding and planning and outreach support to communities to help them take action to reduce (or mitigate) flood risk. Each Risk MAP flood risk project is tailored to the needs of each community and may involve different products and services.

Who We Are

Region III includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia. After FEMA was formed in 1979, Region III consolidated its Philadelphia offices in the Curtis Building on Independence Square, working from that location until 1985. In July 1999, Region III moved to its current location at One Independence Mall, 615 Chestnut Street. Regional Administrator MaryAnn Tierney leads the Region III office, where 180 full-time employees support the region's response and recovery operations during a presidential disaster declaration. The regional population ranges from densely urban in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia to sparsely rural in the hills and valleys of West Virginia. The region is rich in history, with four of the original 13 colonies and the nation's capital.

What We Do

From its offices in Philadelphia, FEMA Region III works closely with the emergency management agencies of the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. To help accomplish its mission, Region III maintains strong partnerships through its councils-the Regional Advisory Council and the Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group.

Disaster Declarations

In recent memory, the region has experienced disaster declarations for hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, wildfires, winter storms, and earthquakes. After a declared disaster, a unique webpage is developed to keep everyone apprised of response and recovery efforts. Go to the Disaster Declarations page for more information on current and past declarations.