ME-DeLorme, an U.S. based developer of digital mapping, GIS, and data solutions, has announced that it will be supplying its XMap/GIS Editor and XMap 4.5 software to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to expedite the processing of flood zone determinations. The XMap programs were selected by FEMA’s National Processing Centers in Hyattsville, MD and Mt. Weather, VA.
Using XMap’s XData tool, the applicant addresses are accurately geo-coded against DeLorme’s award-winning digital street database. Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), in ESRI Shapefile format, can then be imported and overlaid as a GIS data layer and an adjacent map window can be used to display aerial imagery of the area in question. This allows FEMA to quickly and accurately determine if a particular property is in a flood zone. Within each FEMA office, a data administrator processes the address information and the relevant flood data into XMap format using XMap/GIS Editor. This GIS data is shared with multiple users of XMap 4.5, DeLorme’s standard professional mapping software.