National Flood Insurance Program

The U.S Congress established the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with the passage of the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968. The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and enables property owners in participating communities to purchase insurance as protection against flood losses in exchange for state and community floodplain management regulations that reduce future flood damages.

In California, approximately 99% of California communities participate in the NFIP. Of the participating NFIP communities, approximately 17% participate in the Community Rating System (CRS) Program, which encourages communities to go beyond minimum NFIP requirements. DWR, on behalf of FEMA, conducts Community Assistance Visits (CAVs) to each of the NFIP communities to provide individual technical assistance. For broader training, DWR provides at least 12 statewide NFIP workshops annually.

DWR and FEMA conduct workshops for floodplain management agencies, including State and local officials. The workshops allow floodplain management officials to have a greater understanding of FEMA's minimum regulation requirements and how to meet them. DWR is scheduling the following workshops for 2018. Visit our registration page for a list of upcoming classes.

DWR developed three California Model Floodplain Management Ordinances as tools to help communities meet the minimum requirements of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities choosing not to use a model ordinance must ensure their floodplain management ordinance meet the minimum requirements of the NFIP.


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