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Flood Zones

FIPS This item contains the five-digit State and County FIPS code, as defined in the Federal Information Processing Standard Publication 6-4 (FIPS PUB 6-4) (Reference 7), published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The State and County FIPS codes are further separated by the redefined items ST-FIPS and CO-FIPS.
COMMUNITY This item contains the four-digit community identification number assigned by FEMA to each community that participates in the NFIP. This number may be found in the title block of each FIRM panel, or in the NFIP Community Status Book.
FIRM_PANEL This item contains the eleven-digit FIRM panel number. The FIRM panel number is found in the title block of each FIRM panel. The FIRM panel number is further separated into its components by the redefined items STATE (contains the State FIPS code), PCOMM (for countywide panels, this is the County FIPS code plus the letter "c"; for community based panels, this is the community identification number), and PANEL (the panel number and suffix).
QUAD This item contains the eight-digit USGS quadrangle identification number. It identifies the alphanumeric map sheet identifier used by the USGS. The list of values for each state is published by USGS in the State Indexes to Topographic and Other Map Coverage (Reference 8). This item is further separated into its components by three redefined items. They are LAT (the latitude, rounded down to the nearest whole degree, of the 7.5-minute quadrangle map sheet), LONG (the longitude, rounded down to the nearest whole degree, of the 7.5-minute quadrangle map sheet), and QUAD_UNIT (the alphanumeric map sheet identifier used by USGS, A1 through H8).
ZONE This item contains a representation of the flood hazard zone designator.
FLOODWAY This item contains a representation of the floodway type. Floodway, Flowage Easement, and State Encroachment Areas are included in the Q3 Flood Data files if they are portrayed on the source graphic (the FIRM) used for data capture. If they are portrayed on a separate map panel (the Flood Boundary Floodway Map), they will not be included in the Q3 Flood Data files.
COBRA This item indicates whether the area is inside or outside of a designated Coastal Barrier Resources System area. Only the extents of the Coastal Barrier Resources System area boundaries are portrayed in the Q3 Flood Data files. The boundaries between Coastal Barrier Resources System areas with different designation dates are not included in the Q3 Flood Data files. Users should refer to the FIRM for such information.
SFHA This item indicates whether the area is in or out of the SFHA. It is derived from the area's flood hazard zone designation.
Please note that areas whose ZONE is listed as Area Not Included (ANI) are given the SFHA attribute of "OUT," even though their SFHA designation is unknown at this time.
SYMBOL This item represents a polygon shade symbol that is unique to the Zone, Floodway, and COBRA area definitions. Users should note that in order to replicate these colors, a Q3 Flood Data Shadeset must be installed.
PANEL_TYP This item contains a representation of the FIRM panel type.
ST_FIPS State FIPS code
CO_FIPS County FIPS code
STATE contains the State FIPS code
PCOMM for countywide panels, this is the County FIPS code plus the letter "c"; for community based panels, this is the community identification number.
PANEL the panel number and suffix
LAT the latitude, rounded down to the nearest whole degree, of the 7.5-minute quadrangle map sheet
LONG the longitude, rounded down to the nearest whole degree, of the 7.5-minute quadranglemap sheet
QUAD_UNIT the alphanumeric map sheet identifier used by USGS, A1 through H8