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Partners Participating in the NC CTS Program

The State and FEMA have eleven Federal partners in their Floodplain Mapping Program. Each of these partners and their role in the program are outlined briefly below.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): FEMA administers the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The mission of the NFIP is to identify and map flood hazard areas nationwide, make flood insurance available within communities that participate in the NFIP, and establish minimum standards for floodplain management to reduce future flooding losses to buildings and infrastructure.

The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program is part of FEMA's Cooperating Technical Partner initiative, which is being used to create innovative partnerships between FEMA and NFIP communities, and State and regional agencies that have advanced digital mapping and water resources engineering capability. North Carolina and FEMA have entered into a Cooperating Technical State agreement, whereby the State will assume primary ownership of and responsibility for the NFIP Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for all North Carolina's communities. North Carolina's program will result in more than 6,000 updated digital FIRM panels. This will help FEMA make significant progress toward updating its flood map inventory-one of the primary goals of its Flood Map Modernization Plan. FEMA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. FEMA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): The mission of the USGS is to provide reliable scientific information to:

  • describe and understand the Earth;
  • minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters;
  • manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and
  • enhance and protect our quality of life.

USGS and the State partner in the National Digital Orthophoto Program. This partnership will be used to develop digital base maps to be used for the Floodplain Mapping Program. USGS will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. USGS will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC): The FGDC, which is chaired by the USGS, coordinates the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The NSDI encompasses policies, standards, and procedures for organizations to cooperatively produce and share geographic data. The 17 federal agencies that make up the FGDC are developing the NSDI in cooperation with organizations from state, local and tribal governments, the academic community, and the private sector. The North Carolina Floodplain Mapping Program will contribute to the process of creating geospatial data and technology standards for the NSDI. FGDC will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. FGDC will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): The mission of the USDA is to enhance quality of life for the American people by supporting production of agriculture. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the USDA oversees Flood Risk Reduction, Emergency Watershed Protection, and Watershed Surveys and Planning Programs. The USDA will use the flood data produced by the North Carolina program to advise farmers and other interested parties in rural areas of potential flood hazards. Additionally, USDA may contribute, to the State's program, orthophotos and flood data it has prepared. USDA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. USDA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment. The updated flood maps produced as a result of the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program will provide more and better information for the permitting and regulating activities of the EPA's Region IV Water Management Division. In addition, the high resolution, accurate Digital Elevation Models being produced as part of the State's program will be useful to the EPA in wetlands permitting operations, stormwater discharge permits, and in the determination of acceptable wastewater discharge levels. EPA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. EPA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): NASA is the Federal agency that institutes and administers the civilian programs of the U.S. government that deal with aeronautical research and the development of launch vehicles and spacecraft. NASA will advise the State in the application of emerging remote sensing technologies, such as LIDAR and IFSAR, for acquiring the topographic data needed for its program. NASA will also assist the State in developing its approach for independently verifying LIDAR data using traditional surveying techniques. NASA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. NASA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): The mission of the USACE is to provide quality, responsive engineering services to the nation including planning, designing, building and operating water resources and other civil works projects (navigation, flood control, environmental protection, disaster response, etc.). The Floodplain Management Division of the USACE's Wilmington District completes flood hazard analyses and studies for various flooding sources within North Carolina, which may be used as part of the State's program. Additionally, the USACE will provide technical support in the development of flood data and production of digital FIRMs. USACE will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. USACE will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Association (NOAA): NOAA conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space, and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans.

NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) is a lead disaster-reporting agency. Information regarding floodplain areas needs to be easily accessible and accurate in order for the NWS to accurately report flood occurrences, watches, and warnings. The NWS will work with the State to develop and implement a flood forecasting and inundation mapping component as part of its program. NWS will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. NWS will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

NOAA's Coastal Services Center (CSC), located in Charleston, South Carolina, fosters and sustains the environmental and economic well being of the nation's coast by linking people, information, and technology. LIDAR data of the North Carolina coast developed by the CSC will be used to analyze and map coastal flood hazards. CSC will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. CSC will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will assist the State in developing its approach for independently verifying LIDAR data using traditional surveying techniques. NGS will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. NGS will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Economic Development Administration (EDA): The EDA, a component of the Department of Commerce, was created to generate jobs, help retain existing jobs, and stimulate industrial and commercial growth in rural and urban areas of the Nation experiencing high unemployment, low income, or severe economic distress. EDA works in partnership with state and local governments, regional economic development districts, public and private nonprofit organizations, and Indian tribes to empower communities to plan and implement locally and regionally-developed economic development and revitalization strategies. Flood data produced by the North Carolina program will assist the EDA to implement its programs. EDA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. EDA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Small Business Administration (SBA): The SBA, established in 1953, provides financial, technical and management assistance to help Americans start, run, and grow their businesses. The SBA also plays a major role in the government's disaster relief efforts by making low-interest recovery loans available to both homeowners and businesses. The SBA will use the updated flood maps, produced by the North Carolina program, for eligibility standards for disaster assistance loans. The updated flood maps will also give small businesses a better sense of their need for flood insurance and whether their interests lie in a floodplain. SBA will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. SBA will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): The mission of HUD, which was founded in 1965, is that there be a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American. The updated flood maps produced through the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program will be important to HUD in providing advisory suggestions for its housing authorities. Flood insurance is required for many HUD programs, and, therefore, updated flood maps will be needed and relied upon heavily. HUD will also use the maps in post-flood assessment to measure eligibility for its various grant programs. HUD will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. HUD will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT): The DOT, established in 1966, serves the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets the nation's vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future. The DOT will be able to use the elevation and flood data produced by the North Carolina Floodplain Mapping program to assist in planning and managing the transportation system in North Carolina. The DOT will assist the State in completing its requirements analysis for the online Information Management System. The DOT will also assist the State in defining technology and data standards for its digital mapping products.

Additional State and Community Partners:

  • Cherokee Indian Nation
  • Town of Boone - Project Impact Community
  • Buncombe County - Project Impact Community
  • City of Charlotte / Mecklenburg County - Cooperating Technical Community ( View Site )
  • Lenoir County - Project Impact Community ( View Site )
  • Mecklenburg County - Project Impact Community
  • New Hanover County - Project Impact Community
  • North Carolina CGIA
  • North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
  • North Carolina Geodetic Survey ( View Site )
  • NC OneMap ( View Site )