Forerunner changelog
Forerunner changelog

Custom BFEs




In riverine communities, Base Flood Elevation, or BFE, must often be interpolated, making it more difficult for these communities to track the BFE for a given property. To better enable our riverine partner communities, and to create greater flexibility for all of our users, we have built a new feature to allow you to manually add custom BFEs to a property.

We see this feature being leveraged in several ways:

  • If you can interpolate an appropriate BFE for a property, or find a BFE through a different approved source, you can now add this to the property in Forerunner.
  • If a property is intersected by multiple zones, you can update the BFE to ensure that it reflects the BFE of the zone where the structure itself sits.
  • If the BFE of the structure varies from that of the parcel BFE provided by FEMA, you can now change the BFE to reflect that of the structure itself, rather than the parcel.
  • Often, community ordinance requires them to use the "best available flood data." If better BFE data is available then that provided by FEMA, you can change the BFE to the best available data.

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To learn more about how to update and edit BFEs in the Forerunner system, check out our Help Desk article on Flood Zones and BFEs.

Public Websites




Residents and community members can search for flood-specific information for any property within your account boundary through Forerunner’s improved public website. This public-facing website provides a comprehensive summary of flood data that reduces the workload for members of your team and helps to increase your flood risk communication reach. Residents can navigate to the public website and search for information and Elevation Certificates on a per-property basis without having to contact your team. You and your team can also easily email and print public property profiles to share with community members.

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Each community will get a custom URL for their public website. We recommend that you bookmark this URL and connect it to your website for CRS credits. Your custom URL will have your community name and state. For instance, Bay Head, NJ’s URL is By linking your Forerunner public website to your community’s website, you can receive CRS credits for sharing flood protection information with the public. If you're unsure how to do this, just reach out to us at If your community had an existing Flood Information Center, the same URL will be retained, so you don't have to worry about re-linking!

Check out 352.c on Forerunner’s CRS Guide for more information on credits.

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When visiting the public website through the URL, anyone can enter any address within your account boundaries on the homepage to access a public property profile. The public property profile details essential flood information, warnings and provides visitors with any visible elevation certificates associated with that property. You can click the Print page button to print and share a paper copy with residents.

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Click the Elevation Certificates button in the top right-hand corner to view and filter all publicly-visible Elevation Certificates uploaded to Forerunner for that community. Clicking the Get Help button lets members of the public submit requests for assistance from your team. A designated member of your team will receive an email when someone submits a help request and it will be recorded as a log in your Forerunner dashboard.

User Roles




It’s now easy to manage team access and activities in the Forerunner dashboard by granting variable permissions to account users based on their role. With this new feature, user roles determine the access levels users have to perform and manage activities in Forerunner.

New Forerunner roles include:

  • Manager: full product functionality and can invite/modify users
  • Member: full product functionality but cannot invite/modify users
  • Creator: full product functionality, cannot invite/modify users and cannot delete data
  • View Only: limited product functionality and cannot invite/modify users

Learn more about our user roles here.

An account’s Manager users can add a new user, suspend users, and alter existing users’ roles by navigating to Settings and clicking on the Team tab. This tab is only visible to Manager users. Manager users are able to add new users and select their role by clicking the blue + New User button in the righthand corner of the Team tab. They are able to assign the roles of Manager, Member, Creator and View Only. Each user’s role is visible under the Role heading on the Teams table.

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Manager users can select roles for other users by clicking the Actions button on the right side next to the desired user’s name. Then, click Change role to manage the user’s role. To learn more about each role, you can click Learn more about our user roles button at the bottom of the modal. Be sure to click Save if you modify a user’s role! Manager users can also suspend existing users by clicking the Actions button and then Suspend to remove the users from the account.

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Global and Property Activity Feed




We’ve added some additional features to improve your team’s coordination and enable better property tracking with the Global Activity Feed and the Property Activity Feed. You can now track actions taken on a per-property basis by any member of your team.

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Global Activity Feed

The Activity Feed is located under the  Address Search Bar at the top left corner of your Map. This feature tracks all property interactions performed by members of your team in chronological order. The interaction could include updates to Elevation Certificates, SI/SD costs, logs, and comments. These are organized by date and include a link to the property address. Click the address or activity in blue to quickly access the property and view the change.

Comments for each property made in the Property Info Panel are also displayed in the Activity Feed.

To minimize the Activity Feed, press the upward-facing arrow in the top right corner. To view more actions, click View More.

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Property Activity Feed

You can also view property-specific activities and interactions by navigating to the Activity tab in any Property Info Panel. Similar to the Global Activity Feed, the Property Activity Feed tracks all creations, deletions and updates to Elevation Certificates, SI/SD costs, logs and comments for that given property in chronological order.

You can also add comments in the Activity tab to make notes for that property. To delete your comments, click Edit and then Delete Comment.

Print Property Info Panel





We’ve added a printing option for users who want to share paper copies of property information with residents or the public. You can now print out the public profile for any address in your community. This feature is particularly useful for those who interact with non-user stakeholders or want to store paper files of property information for their records.

To use this feature, click the Share public profile button on any property within your account boundary. Then, click the View public profile button at the bottom of the modal that opens. This will open a new page into the read-only public facing page that you will be printing. In the top right corner of the page, you’ll see a Print page button that will allow you to review the page before sending it to your printer.

X (LOMC) Override




To accommodate Letter of Map Changes (LOMCs), we've added the ability to change the flood zone determination for a property to 'X (LOMC)'.

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To change a property's flood zone to 'X(LOMC)', navigate to a property by searching for an address or clicking a parcel. Within the Flood Info Panel, click on the underlined Flood Zone. Within the modal that opens, select X(LOMC) and click Save. Note that changes in flood zone for a particular property will be reflected across all user's dashboards and in any public profiles shared with residents.

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Custom Map Layers




Our team continues to add new ways of accommodating custom map data to support user workflows. In addition to the FEMA FIRM data that is shown on your dashboard by default, we can now add additional map layers that are pertinent to your floodplain management program. Some examples of custom maps include: Repetitive Loss Area Analysis (RLAA) maps, Levee maps, Historic FIRMs, and more.

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Once imported to an account, a Custom Map will be visible on the Map Layers panel and can be toggled on and off at any time. If you'd like to add a Custom Map to your dashboard, feel free to get in touch.

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Custom Base Map Imagery




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Forerunner's base map imagery allows users to better contextualize flood mapping – you can toggle between a Satellite and Light Gray base maps by default. We recently added the ability to accommodate custom base map imagery by request. If your community has aerial imagery that you'd like to incorporate into Forerunner's dashboard, get in touch to learn more!

Datum Auto-Toggle




The datum toggle in the Building info section of your Property Info Panel allows you to read Elevation Certificate data in both NAVD88 and NGVD29. To improve user experience, we've change the toggle settings so that the datum will automatically change to match the datum of the visible FIRM. This should make it easier to use FIRM data to evaluate EC values.

Create Property





For accounts where certain parcels do not have associated addresses, we've added the ability to assign an address by creating a property. To do this click the Create Property icon at the bottom righthand corner of your Map (hint: it's right above the map zoom buttons). A modal will appear.

Choose the location where you'd like to create a new property by clicking on the map at the righthand side of the modal. Once your location is set, enter Street Address, City, State, and Zip on the lefthand side of the modal. The property's Parcel ID should automatically populate if one is available. Upon saving, you'll be prompted to pick a standardized address or the one you manually entered. Choosing the standardized address will help with future searches.