What is a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and where can I obtain one for my community?

A FIS report is a narrative description of the community’s flood hazards that contains prior flooding information, flooding sources and graphic descriptions of the flooding sources. An FIS report consists of text, graphics (including Flood Profiles) and tabular data (including Floodway Data Tables). The results of the engineering study that is summarized in the FIS report are used in compiling each community’s Flood Insurance Rate Map (FRIM).

The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) also offers the FIRM and FIS reports for download. All National Flood Insurance Program maps and products, including FIRMs and FIS reports, are at no cost.