The Virginia Flood Risk Information System (VA FRIS) is a mapping information system used to determine property that's in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA), floodway or 500-year floodplain. It helps builders make wise decisions about building sites, and it helps helps real estate agents, property buyers and property owners determine the flood risk of a dwelling or parcel.
VA FRIS includes Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps for Virginia (DFIRMs) and Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Virginia communities. Learn more about VA FRIS.
DCR also conducts workshops on how to read and use flood maps, develop floodplain management strategies, comply with the NFIP, evaluate flood-proofing strategies and interpret ordinances.
Would you like training on a flood related topic? Just contact DCR staff. If enough people are interested in a given topic, staff will arrange a local training session.
L273: Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program
DCR and FEMA will hold two sessions of this four day long, introductory course in early 2016. DCR will offer the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) exam the morning after the course finishes. Please see below for more information regarding the course, the CFM exam, and the locations, dates, and registration forms for these offerings.
L273 hosted with Virginia Tech at Blacksburg
January 25th – 28th, 2016 with CFM exam January 29th
Registration form for L273 at Blacksburg
L273 hosted with the City of Winchester
February 22nd – 25th, 2016 with CFM exam February 26th
Registration form for the L273 at Winchester
A day-long course, sponsored by DCR and the city of Hampton and taught by the Insurance Services Office's (ISO) Virginia specialist, covering the Community Rating System will be offered again. No specific date has been set. This course is open to only governments and nonprofit groups. Those interested in attending a future session should complete a registration form.
FEMA offers courses covering various hazard mitigation and flooding topics for managers and planners at EMI in Emmitsburg, Maryland. FEMA reimburses local government participants for all travel costs except food. Visit EMI’s website for details.
...about flooding issues, floodplain management or the National Flood Insurance Program, please call 804-371-6095 or write:
Department of Conservation and Recreation
600 E. Main St., 24th Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Click here for specific staff contact information.