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eLOMA
eLectrOnic Letters Of MaP aMendMent



 What is eLOMa?                               structure or property. Almost half of the
                                              LOMAs processed annually (about 7,000
 The Federal Emergency Management             cases) meet the requirements of eLOMA.
                                                                                               generaL inQUiries,
 Agency (FEMA), in association with                                                            technicaL issUes and
 the National Service Provider (NSP),         What are the advantages Of                       feedBacK
 has designed an interactive online           eLOMa?
 determination tool for MT-1 requests                                                          This is an exciting step for Flood Map
 called eLOMA.                                eLOMA was designed to facilitate the
                                                                                               Modernization and we look forward
                                              LOMA process. Historically, because of
 eLOMA is a web-based application within      manual processing, obtaining a LOMA              to your feedback. Please send
 the Mapping Information Platform (MIP)       took up to 60 days, provided all required        feedback to MIPHelp@mapmodteam.
 that provides licensed land surveyors        documentation was on file. Through the
                                                                                               com, and include the phrase “eLOMA
 and professional engineers (Licensed         use of eLOMA, Licensed Professionals
 Professionals) with a system to submit       could receive a determination in the             Feedback” in the subject line.
 simple Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA)        time that it takes to enter the required
 requests to FEMA. This tool is designed                                                       For general inquiries about the LOMA
                                              information online.
 to make a determination based on the                                                          process, finding and using FIRMs
 information submitted by the Licensed        hOW dOes eLOMa differ                            and FIS Reports, or developing
 Professional and allow them to generate a    frOM the traditiOnaL LOMa
                                              PrOcess?                                         BFEs, please contact the FEMA Map
 determination from FEMA in minutes.
                                                                                               Assistance Center:
                                              A LOMA is a letter from FEMA stating
                                              that an existing structure or parcel of          Phone: 1-877-FEMA MAP, option 1
                                              land that has not been elevated by the
                                              placement of fill is not expected to be          Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday,
                                              inundated by the 1-percent-annual-chance         8 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. EST
                                              flood (the base flood). To receive an
                                              eLOMA, Licensed Professionals must               To report a technical problem with
                                              register on the MIP to establish an
                                                                                               the eLOMA tool in the MIP, please
                                              account. Once registered, they will be
                                              able to enter property-specific information      contact the MIP Help Desk:
                                              that they have certified as accurate, as
                                                                                               Phone: 1-877-FEMA MAP, option 2
                                              well as data taken from the FEMA Flood
                                              Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood
                                                                                               Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday,
 The current release of eLOMA enables         Insurance Study (FIS) Reports. Licensed
 Licensed Professionals to make requests      Professionals should refer to FIS Reports        8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. EST
 for existing single residential structures   because the most accurate Base Flood
                                                                                               E-mail: MIPHelp@mapmodteam.com
 or properties, provided no fill has been     Elevations (BFEs) are not always found
 placed to raise the elevations of the        on the FIRMs. The eLOMA online service




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eLOMA
eLectrOnic Letters Of MaP aMendMent



                                                                                                                                                                                                will then make a determination based on       (LAG) or Low Lot Elevation (LLE) and
                                                                                                                                                                                                the submitted information, and Licensed       provide an instant determination for the
                                                                                                                                                                LOMA
                                                                                                                                                                                                Professionals will be able to print a copy    Licensed Professional if the application
                                                                                                                    06-03-A116A

                                                            Date: Mar
                                                                      ch 29,       2006
                                                                                                       Case No.:

                                                                                                            Agency
                                                                                                                                                                                                of the determination once the request is      has not been selected for FEMA audit. For
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                                             Federal Em                          D.C
                                                                               Washington,                                                                                                      processed.                                    quality purposes, eLOMA will ensure that
                                                           DMENT
                                                  MAP AMEN           OVAL)
                                        LETTER OF
                                              TION DOCU
                                                        MENT (REMPERTY DESCRIPTION                     d
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              all required information has been entered.
                                    DETERMINA                                                                                                                                                   An eLOMA document will serve the
                                                           LEGAL PRO                        in the Dee
                                                                               as described             k,
                                                                  Subdivision,              County Cler
                                                                                                 Estates
                                              RMATION                                 k B, Maple              in the             Office of the
                                 PANEL INFO                               Lot 6, Bloc             No. 1234-06
                     ITY AND MAP                  NTY,                                  Document
       COMMUN                         RGE'S COU                           recorded as               Maryland
                           PRINCE GEO
                                   MARYLAND
                              (Unincorpora
                                           ted Areas)
                                                                           Prince Geo
                                                                                       rges County,
                                                                                                                                                                                                same functions as a standard LOMA.            If the application is selected for FEMA
               ITY
    COMMUN


                      COMMUN
                             ITY NO.:       245208                                                                                                                                              The only difference between the two is        audit, the Licensed Professional will
                                              35C
                                  : 24520800                                                                                                            -76.774

                                                                                                                                                                                                that the online determination is made         receive instructions for submitting their
                       NUMBER                                                                                                              Y: 38.988,          DATUM: NAD
                                                                                                                                                                          83
                                                                                                                    PROPERT
      AFFECTED                                                                                             ITUDE OF
              EL                    /1987                                                      TUDE & LONG         PING 4.0
      MAP PAN                                                                         ATE LATI           ISION MAP
                       DATE: 6/18                                            APPROXIM        LONG: PREC
                                                                                    OF LAT &
                                          BRANCH                             SOURCE
                             :   HORSEPEN                                                                                                                            LOWEST

                                                                                                                                                                                                automatically with standard checks            application materials. If the application is
                   G SOURCE                                                                      TION                                           LOWEST
     FLOODIN
                                                                               DETERMINA                                 1% ANNUAL
                                                                                                                                                                       LOT
                                                                                                                                               ADJACENT
                                                                                                   E                      CHANCE                                    ELEVATION
                                                                                       OUTCOM                                                    GRADE
                                                                                                                            FLOOD                                    (NGVD 29)
                                                                                        WHAT IS            FLOOD                               ELEVATION
                                                                                                                          ELEVATION
                                                                                                                                                                                                instead of the lengthier manual review        approved, the Licensed Professional will
                                                                                               D
                                                                                        REMOVE              ZONE                                (NGVD 29)
                                                                   STREET               FROM THE                           (NGVD 29)                              --
                     BLOCK/          SUBDIVISION                                            SFHA                                          151.9 feet
                                                                                                                           --
         LOT         SECTION                                                                            X                                                            being
                                                                                           Structure                                                      chance of
                                                                                                   (unshaded)                                 1-percent
                                                                                                                                  having a
                                                                                                                                                                                                used in traditional LOMA processing.          receive notification that they can login and
                                                                            Lane
                                                                 12 Maple                                            the flood
                                      Maple Esta
                                                    tes                                                 dated by
                      B                                                         that wou   ld be inun
           6                                                      is an area                                                                      below.)
                                                                                                                                     tions listed
                                             A) - The SFHA                                                                 considera
                                  Area (SFH                                                                 the additional
                       d Hazard                        flood).                                  hment 1 for
                                           year (base
                                                                                                                                                                                                 In addition, eLOMA does not replace          print the determination. If the application
                                                                                    on on Attac
          Special Floo        in any given                             priate secti
                     exceeded                             to the appro
          equaled or              RATIONS
                                            (Please refer                                                                                                        ndme nt for
                        CONSIDE                                                                                                                      of Map Ame
           ADDITIONAL                                                                                                                     a Lette r               , we have
                           ATION
                             RMIN                                                                                           requ est for
                                                                                                                                      a               (NFI P) map
           eLOMA DETE                                                                                                    rega rding              ance Prog
                                                                                                                                                            ram                 chance of
                                                                                                            rmin ation                                                1-percent

                                                                                                                                                                                                  the LOMA procedure. The eLOMA               is rejected, the LOMA will be completed
                                                                                                  cy's dete                        Floo d Insur            having a                     from
                                                                                   geme nt Agen                        Natio nal            by the flood                  ct property
                                                                                                           effec tive                                       ve the subje
                                                                   rgen cy Mana                  and the                        inundated                                              , the
                                                   Fede ral Eme                  n subm itted                     A, an area                 map to remo not apply . How ever
                                       ides the               the infor matio                        in the SFH                  tive NFIP                                      y (PRP )
                                                                                                                                                                                           is
                         ment prov                 e. Usin g                            not located                ds the effec                irem ent does         Risk Polic
            This docu                ribed abov                            ies) is/are               ment amen                     ance requ
                        erty desc                         the property(                 ). This docu                  flood insur                      A Prefe rred
            the prop                          ture(s) on                  (base flood                   mand atory                    on the loan.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  determination tool is an optional process   by FEMA using the standard, manual MT-
                         d that the
                                        struc                       year                       Fede ral                    cial risk
             determine                            in any given                     fore, the                 ct its finan
                                 or exceeded                         map; there                 ent to prote                  is enclosed.                                         rding this
             being equa
                            led                        tive NFIP               ance requ
                                                                                           irem               one can apply                                          matio n rega
                                        on the effec             flood insur                    PRP and how                                              ional infor                336- 2627
              the SFH    A locat ed                   nue the                        about the                                                 ide addit                 at (877 )
                                          n to conti                  . Information                                                    ts prov                     free
                                                                                                                                                                                    ndria, VA
                              the optio                   the SFHA                                             enclo sed
                                                                                                                            docu men                  Cent er toll      130, Alexa
               lende r has                     ed outside                                         able. The                              Assis tance        ue, Suite
                              buildings locat                                                                             FEM A Map

                                                                                                                                                                                                   applicable to only the most basic LOMA     1 process and the Licensed Professional
                available for                                                         ently avail         conta ct the                          hower Aven
                                                                          data pres             , pleas e                          3601 Eisen
                                                       on the flood                  docu ment                      nt Agency,
                                           is base d                    abou t this                 cy Manageme
                 This dete
                             rmin ation
                                             have any
                                                          ques tions                  ral Emergen
                                 . If you                              to the Fede
                 dete rmin ation                         addressed
                                         or by letter
                             A MAP)

                                                                                                                                                                                                   requests. Currently, there is no charge    will be audited again after his or her next
                 (877-FEM
                              9.
                  22304-643




                                                                                                                                                                                                    to receive a LOMA, and eLOMAs             submittal. After a successful audit, the
                                                                                                                                                                                        eLOMA


                                                                                             Doug Bello
                                                                                                        mo, P.E.,
                                                                                             Hazard Ident
                                                                                                                   Chief
                                                                                                          ification Secti
                                                                                                                          on, Mitigation
                                                                                                                                         Division
                                                                                                                                                                                                     also will be available to Licensed       Licensed Professional will be able to
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Professionals at no cost.                generate eLOMA determinations online.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              However, he or she will still be subject to
                                                                                                                                                                                                hOW dOes eLOMa create                         random audits.
                                                                                                                                                                                                deterMinatiOns thrOUgh
                                                                                                                                                                                                the MiP?                                      What is the fUtUre Of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eLOMa?
                                                                                                                                                                                                A surveyor or engineer must set up an
                                                                                                                                                                                                account through the MIP using individual      FEMA is closely monitoring the progress
                                                                                                                                                                                                license certification information. Once the   of eLOMA to consider expanding its
                                                                                                                                                                                                Licensed Professional is registered on        capabilities to include:
                                                                                                                                                                                                the MIP, he or she can log into eLOMA.        • Offering broader application requests
                                                                                                                                                                                                Once logged in, he or she will be given
                                                                                                                                                                                                the option to create a new application or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              • Expanding use of eLOMA to include
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                additional users
                                                                                                                                                                                                resume a previously saved application.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The Licensed Professional will be asked       • Adjusting audit frequency as needed
                                                                                                                                                                                                to submit certified elevations. eLOMA will
                                                                                                                                                                                                make a comparison of the submitted BFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                with the submitted Lowest Adjacent Grade




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