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Floodplain Management Program

An overview of New Hampshire's Floodplain Management Program and the information and services it offers.

The Office of Planning and Development (OPD) administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in New Hampshire. The NFIP is a partnership between a community and the federal government. Communities participate by agreeing to adopt and enforce a floodplain management ordinance designed to reduce future flood risks and in return all residents in those participating communities (whether in floodplain or not) can purchase flood insurance.

OPD provides technical assistance and training to communities and the public on floodplain management and helps to promote sound land use planning techniques that will reduce flood losses. Currently, there are 220 communities (94 percent) in New Hampshire that participate in the NFIP. To learn the status of each New Hampshire community, you can view a map or view the FEMA Community Status Book. For more information on how a community can join the NFIP, please go to the Joining the NFIP page.

Learn more about the NH Floodplain Management Program and how the NFIP is administered in the state by viewing OPD's Introductory Video and OPD’s interactive story map.

News and Updates:

  • Upcoming online training: Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation is offering a free online training for local officials on Substantial Improvement and Substantial Damage Determinations. Space is still available for two of the course offerings on Wednesday, May 31st from 10:00 to 11:30am and Thursday, June 1st from 9:00 to 10:30am. There will be 1 CEU for CFMs. View the event flyer for additional information and how to register.
  • Upcoming webinar:  FEMA Regional 1 will be hosting a 2-hour Mapping 101 Webinar on May 23, 2023 from 10AM – 12PM. Learn about the history of the flood mapping program, an overview of Flood Insurance Rate Maps and Flood Insurance Studies, a map service center tutorial, how to read flood maps and how different flood zones affect local communities, the flood mapping process, and the different Letters of Map Change. Two CFM Continuing Education Credits are available to attendees. Attendees who attended this same webinar last summer will not qualify for credit from this year’s webinar. Learn more by viewing the webinar flyer. Registration is now available.
  • Upcoming webinar: Floodplain Management Basics for Community Officials. This webinar will provide basic information and guidance about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA flood maps and studies, community floodplain regulations, and the responsibilities of a NFIP participating community to remain in good standing in the program. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2023 from 10:00-11:30AM. Registration is now available.
  • Upcoming workshop: Introduction to the Community Rating System (CRS). This two-day workshop will cover each series that comprises the Community Rating System (CRS). CRS recognizes and encourages community floodplain management activities that exceed the minimum NFIP standards. Current CFMs are eligible for 12 CECs for this class. This workshop will be held on June 6 & 7, 2023 from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm at City Hall, 1st Floor, Council Chambers, 51 N. Park Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. Registration is now available. View the event flyer for the agenda and to learn more.
  • FEMA is currently updating the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FIS) in New Hampshire. Learn about the current projects and future steps on our Current NH Floodplain Mapping Activities webpage.
  • Get the latest news about the National Flood Insurance Program and floodplain management topics in New Hampshire in the latest edition of our Flood Lines newsletter!

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Contact Us

For more information, contact:

Jennifer Gilbert, CFM
Voice: 603-271-1762

Katie Paight, CFM
Voice: 603-271-1755