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Portal to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps. Indicates the age of the Effective FIRM, and shows parishes that have new flood risk information available.
Homes can and do withstand strong hurricanes, if they are designed and reinforced for the wind hazard risk of the area.
Provides links to one-page documents with instructions of examples of using the new FloodMaps portal.
Wind Hazard Zones for Louisiana.
A document that has full-page signs for the three challenge steps.
A guide for teachers, 4-H agents and other adults working with youth to introduce the concepts of flood protection of a home. The activity is hands-on and involves water.
Public version of LSU AgCenter Publication # 3400 - 4-H Activity Guide - Resilience Science - Withstanding the Winds.
Public version of LSU AgCenter Publication # 3401 - 4-H Activity Guide - Resilience Science - Figuring Out Flood Hazards.
Describes how to use the FloodMaps web site to find your flood zone on the proposed Flood Insurance Rate Map and compare it to the flood zone on the Effective FIRM.
Includes features and step-by-step instructions for using the FloodMaps Portal
Evolution of the floodmaps portal
Summary of FloodMaps features, sized to print f/b on legal-sized paper. 3.5 Mg PDF
Images for use with LSU AgCenter FloodMaps Portal
Describes a feature of the FloodMaps portal that illustrates the relation between ground elevation, Base Flood Elevation and the floor elevation of a building at the site.
Demonstrates use of the LSUAgCenter FloodMaps portal to find flood and wind hazards at user points of interest in Louisiana.
Demonstrates how map changes affect two properties - one going from high-to-low risk while the other goes from low to high risk in the same area. Use this as a guide to find out about map changes at any location in Louisiana.
Tip Sheet explains how to navigate the LSU AgCenter FloodMaps portal and use of icons.
Graphic steps to using the FloodMaps portal. Developed primarily for agents and lenders to caution about using Preliminary and Future FIRMS.
Describes the main navigation elements of the FloodMaps portal developed using responsive design.
Describes the role FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps (shown on the LSU AgCenter FloodMaps Portal) can play in determining risk in pending floods.
PDF file showing legend for digital flood maps.
In 2003, FEMA began modernizing its Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs), updating flood risk information and creating maps in digital form. This process in Louisiana was fast-tracked following the 2005 hurricane season. To support community involvement in the transition to new maps, web sites have been developed that display the existing FIRMs, advisory information, and the preliminary Digital FIRMs. This page describes those support systems in Louisiana.
Almost everyone who lives in the 15 coastal parishes that...
Portal page for information about managing a construction project so building officials can and do inspect the work at appropriate times and with successful outcomes.
This article explains what the words "licensed, bonded, and insured" mean in the context of construction professionals. In explaining these terms, the article also states why hiring someone who is licensed, bonded, and insured is important.
The Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) is a tool developed by, or under contract to, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to rate flood insurance policies sold through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
Flood Insurance Rate Maps, or FIRMs, are used to determine flood insurance rates and premiums. This fact sheet explains the use of FIRMs. SOURCE: FEMA 499: Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series Technical Fact Sheet 3.
When you go to get building permt, you will need to provide certain information about your construction project. This page lists the most common items.
Portal page for information about obtaining a building permit.
Portal page for information about building industry professionals, the licenses and certifications they should have and how consumers know their hired and contracted professionals have appropriate licenses and certifications for the work they are doing in Louisiana.
Since November 2005, home building and home restoration in Louisiana are subject to the provisions of the International Residential Code.
To obtain a building permit you'll need a description and drawings of your construction plans. This page describes some minimum plan requirements.
When seeking a building permit, you may need addition documents. This page describes the Flood Zone Determination, Elevation Certificate, Foundation Plan, Damage Inspection Rating and an On-Site Waste-Water Treatment Permit.
Wind affects different homes in different ways, depending on their design, location and neighboring structures.
Resources used in gathering information about wind resistance.
Detailed Instructions for using FEMA's Map Search tool to find your house on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).