• The National Flood Insurance Program

    The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a federal program, administered by FEMA, which makes subsidized flood insurance available in communities that agree to adopt corrective and preventative floodplain management regulations that will reduce future flood damages.
  • Fact Sheet - Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014  pdf format of Fact Sheet -Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act

    In addition to the on-going flood mapping update projects in Massachusetts, there have also been recent legislative changes that impact how FEMA administers and implements the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Many of these legislative changes were included in the ‘Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act’, which was enacted in 2012.  On March 21, 2014 the President signed the ‘Homeowner Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2014’ which modified certain provisions of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, and makes additional program changes to other portions of the NFIP program.  FEMA has published this ‘Fact Sheet’  that provides an overview of some of these changes.  Additional information on FEMA flood insurance reform can also be found here (https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program/flood-insurance-reform) as FEMA actively works to implement the new law.

  • Fact Sheet - FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping Methodology  pdf format of Fact Sheet - FEMA Coastal Flood Mapping Methodology

    In response to questions about the methodologies and science that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) uses to produce updated coastal flood insurance rate maps in New England, FEMA recently developed this Fact Sheet to more clearly explain the methodology and details that go into FEMA’s analyses used to develop updated maps.  The results of the FEMA analyses are intended to inform the development of more accurate maps and risk assessment tools for coastal areas, especially those that have high populations and dense development.  These updated flood insurance rate maps developed for coastal communities ultimately drive requirements to have and maintain flood insurance, determine flood insurance premiums and the requirements for new and improved buildings. 

  • Preparation, Recovery, and Repair

    Resources for Preparing, Recovery, and Repairing Your Home
  • Information for Property Owners and Renters

    Did you know that most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover damages caused by flood?
  • Flood Hazard Mapping

    FEMA produces Flood Insurance Rate Maps, commonly known as FIRMS, to support the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • Information for Local Officials and Developers

    "Appendix 120.G of the state building code defines the regulations that affect new construction and substantial improvements in flood hazard areas."
  • Commonly Used Terms

    Terms and definitions used by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) Flood Hazard Management Program (FHMP).
  • Floodplain Management Team Contacts

    Joy Duperault, CFM
    Director, Flood Hazard Management Program
    State NFIP Coordinator & State Hazard Mitigation Officer
    Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Office of Water Resources
    251 Causeway Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02114
    617-626-1406
    joy.duperault@state.ma.us
    Eric Carlson
    Environmental Engineer, Deputy Director, Flood Hazard Management Program
    Dept. of Conservation & Recreation (DCR), Office of Water Resources
    251 Causeway Street, 8th floor, Boston, MA 02114
    617-626-1362
    Eric.Carlson@state.ma.us