- Program management
- Information technology
- Communication and public outreach
- Engineering and mapping
Through Flood Map Modernization (Map Mod), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is transforming the Nation’s flood maps into more reliable, easier-to-use, and readily available maps. Since 2004, Baker has led a multi-year effort to help FEMA accomplish its goals for Map Mod and provide innovative solutions to support the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). FEMA established four overall objectives: achieve effective program management, develop a premier data collection and delivery system, build and maintain partnerships, and inform and educate the public.
As part of the activities in support of FEMA, Baker and its Mapping on Demand (MOD) team have developed the Mapping Information Platform (MIP), a national centralized repository for geospatial flood hazard mapping data supporting over 600 organizations. The MIP also integrates engineering, mapping, and program management tools to help FEMA and its stakeholders with map production, program and project management, and project tracking and reporting tasks. Although local mapping partners are executing most map development, Baker is responsible for budget tracking, schedule, quality oversight, and large-scale problem solving to make nationwide digital mapping possible. Baker is also supporting FEMA’s efforts to build mapping partners’ capabilities to increase program ownership at the local level.
As of March 2008, preliminary digital flood maps are available for approximately 61% of the U.S. population (175 million citizens). Effective (final) digital flood maps are available for approximately 33% of the population (93 million citizens).