The NFIP offers flood insurance, which can be purchased through property and casualty insurance agents.  Rates are set and do not differ from company to company or agent to agent.  These rates depend on many factors, which include the date and type of construction of your home, along with your buildings level of risk.

The County of Tulare has taken steps to be a part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which means the County of Tulare agreed to manage flood hazard areas by actively adopting minimum regulatory standards as set forth by FEMA.  As part of the county’s participation in the NFIP, individuals are eligible to obtain flood insurance.  You can find out more information on purchasing flood insurance by calling the County of Tulare Resource Management Agency at (559) 624-7000.
FEMA’s Map Modernization Project is a comprehensive effort to remap the county’s flood risks using the latest flood modeling and digital mapping technologies. The City of Visalia partnered with FEMA to ensure local input into the process.

On June 16, 2009, Tulare County adopted the new Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs) as part of this project which resulted in several thousand properties being moved into SFHAs while some properties moved out of the SFHA.  To determine if your property is located in a SFHA you can use FEMA’s Map Service Center link below. You can also print out a FIRMette from that site, showing your particular location to assist with any difference of opinion should your lender require you to purchase flood insurance.

For the FEMA Map Service Center, click here