Documents produced by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and others provide essential information to floodplain managers, engineers, surveyors, and architects involved in mitigation and reconstruction activities in Colorado.  These documents, linked below, are separated into the following categories:
State Publications
The CWCB has produced numerous useful publications, including the following: FEMA Forms
The forms below will help map change requesters gather the information that is necessary for a given submittal to FEMA.
  • The Elevation Certificate is to be used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F) request.
  • The Flood Proofing Certificate must be used for a flood proofing design certification. The flood proofing of non-residential buildings may be permitted as an alternative to elevating to or above the Base Flood Elevation.
  • The MT-2 application forms and instructions package is to be used by individual and community requesters of revisions to effective Flood Insurance Study (FIS) reports, FIRMs, Flood Boundary and Floodway Maps, or Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs).
A fact sheet to help explain the options available and the data and documentation that must be submitted to support each type of map change request: Options for Changing Information on Updated Flood Maps

Technical Bulletins

FEMA has developed 10 technical bulletins for reference by floodplain managers.  A list of the available technical bulletins, a key word/subject reference index for the bulletins, and information about how to obtain copies of the bulletins is provided in the User's Guide to Technical Bulletins (May2001).

The complete list of technical bulletins is available through FEMA's Website.

Other Useful Resources
FEMA has developed an array of floodplain management publications and other resources, including those listed below.  To view or download other publications, interested parties should visit the Floodplain Management Publications page on the FEMA Website.
  • Map Change Options - To explain the choices that exist for those that disagree with the information presented on the Preliminary and final versions of the DFIRMS and FIS reports, we have created a page to explain the map change options that exist and the data required to support each option.
  • Floodplain Management Bulletin 1-98, “Use of Flood Insurance Study (FIS) Data as Best Available Data,” provides vital information for the use of preliminary FIS data, including DFIRMs and FIS reports.
  • FEMA 265, “The Zone A Manual: Managing Floodplain Development in Approximate Zone A Areas,” provides engineering guidelines for determining Base Flood Elevations in Special Flood Hazard Areas that were determined using approximate study methods only.
  • FEMA’s Guidelines and Specifications for Flood Hazard Mapping Partners provides FEMA’s procedures and requirements for engineering analyses and flood hazard mapping.
  • Publications from the Association of Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) can be ordered from the ASFPM publication list.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) also has produced a wealth of publications that could serve as useful references during the recovery and reconstruction efforts.  To view a complete list of publications, visit the Publications page on the USACE Website.