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​Pennsylvania Floodplain Management and Flood Insurance

All flood prone municipalities are required to file an annual report (for the 2020 reporting year) by February 28, 2021. The entire process can now be completed online. (Please use Google Chrome, or another web browser other than Internet Explorer, for best user experience.)

Since October 1, 2018, PEMA has been charged with the implementation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management technical assistance needs in Pennsylvania.

PEMA works to provide:

  • Community assistance visits
  • Community assistance contacts
  • Mapping
  • Floodplain management technical and mapping assistance
  • Training

The Pennsylvania Storm Water Management Act 167 of 1978 designates the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the stormwater management and floodplain permitting lead.

The Pennsylvania Flood Plain Management Act 166 of 1978 designates the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) as the floodplain management agency lead. The state NFIP coordinator/floodplain administrator position and required management duties reside with DCED.

For More Information

Technical questions about Pennsylvania floodplain management can be emailed to PEMA.

If you have mapping questions, FEMA mapping specialists are available by email, via FEMA's online chat, or by phone at: 1-877-FEMA MAP or 1-877-336-2627.

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