View The Risk MAP Appeal Package, that can be sent to FEMA. If you have questions or comments please email the Planning Department or call at 907-228-6610.

Ketchikan Risk MAP Process  - Preliminary Floodplain Maps available.

Community Participation in the NFIP

The Borough is a voluntary participant in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The Borough joined the NFIP in 1975, set forth with the adoption of Resolution 188 on April 21, 1975. In November 1989, the City and Borough adopted joint resolutions (Borough Resolution 880 and City Resolution 90-1612) adopting all required standards of the NFIP as approved by FEMA. Additionally, it divided the duties for flood hazard review; land use reviews to the Planning Department and building requirements to the Building Official.

Risk MAP

FEMA is responsible for preparing Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) that delineate flood hazard zones and Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) in the United States. Because of the importance of understanding the nation's coastal flood risk, FEMA has initiated coastal flood risk studies for the populated coastline as part of its Risk MAP effort. Through the Risk MAP effort, FEMA is updating the nation's coastal Flood Insurance Studies (FISs) and FIRMs, where appropriate, and publishing new FIRMs in densely populated areas that were not previously mapped. For more information, please visit the FEMA Website.

The State of Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development identified the Ketchikan Gateway Borough as a priority for FEMA's Risk MAP program.

Over the past four years, Risk MAP meetings have been held and organized by the FEMA and Strategic Alliance for Risk Reduction (STARR), the contractor for the FEMA. In June 2014, the Assembly provided four hands direction authorizing the Manager to sign the 2014 Ketchikan Study Partnership Agreement for the Risk MAP project, which allowed staff to work with FEMA and authorized the mapping program to begin.

In early 2016, STARR provided draft flood maps to the Planning Department, City of Ketchikan Public Works, Mayor Williams, and Mayor Landis for community review. In June 2017, planning staff provided an update and link for the preliminary maps to all lenders, insurance companies, engineering firms, surveyors, and real estate firms.

A public open house meeting will be held to inform the public about the Preliminary Maps and other products being produced through the Risk MAP. The meeting will be held at Ted Ferry Civic Center, 888 Venetia Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska 99901 on Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. The formal appeals and comment period is expected to begin around the time of the public meeting in late January 2018. Before the appeal period starts, FEMA will publish the Flood Hazard Docket in the Federal Register and send a letter to the communities. The letter will explain the appeal process, including a description of what qualifies as an appeal. After the letter is sent, a legal notice containing the proposed flood hazard determinations will be published twice in the legal section of the local newspaper. The appeal period will officially start with the second newspaper publication and will run for 90 days. More details on the appeal process can be found online.

At the end of the 90-day appeal period and following the resolution of any comments, FEMA will send a Letter of Final BFE Determinations (LFD). The scheduled LFD date could change if there are comments, protests, or appeals that require additional processing of the maps and FIS. The effective date for the project will be six months after the LFD during which time the communities will adopt the maps and FIS. Below is a timeline for the remainder of the project.

Additional information is available.

 Project Milestones and Deliverables

 Meeting/Deliverable Actual/Projected Date
Risk MAP Discovery MeetingAugust 7, 2013
Draft Work MapsMarch 7, 2016
Flood Risk Review (FRR) MeetingAugust 4, 2016
Preliminary DFIRM/FIS ReleaseMay 5, 2017
Consultation Coordination Officers (CCO) MeetingJuly 18, 2017
Public Meeting/WorkshopJanuary 25, 2018
Appeal Period StartsJanuary 2018*
Appeal Period EndsApril 2018*
Draft Multi-Hazard Risk ReportSpring 2018*
Letter of Final DeterminationFall 2018*
Risk MAP Resilience WorkshopTBD
Delivery of Final Risk Report and Risk Assessment DatabaseTBD
Maps and FIS become EffectiveSpring 2019*

*All projected dates are subject to revision as the project progresses.