Thursday, November 7, 2013

Upcoming ASFPM Webinar November 14th on Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act

A third webinar was added by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) about the Biggert-Waters 2012 (BW12) National Flood Insurance Program Reform Act.  A third webinar was added due to the previous two being sold out.  The webinar will help to clarify the changes that are occurring to flood insurance rate changes, the elimination of flood insurance subsidies and questions about how the changes might affect communities. 

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 from 3-4pm EST. 

There will be 1 Continuing Education Credit for CFMs that participate in the webinar.

$30 ASFPM Individual Members (you should have received an email with an event promo code that will give you this preferred rate)
$45 ASFPM Chapters/Agencies/Corporate Partners
$60 Non-Members

A link to more information about this webinar, and a link to the registration website.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Upcoming Online Trainings for November

From our FEMA Region 1 Service Center contact, Alex Sirotek:
I’d like to present the upcoming free, online trainings available through STARR. These trainings cover a variety of topics, from the NFIP basics through specifics of elevation certificates, and are presented by STARR staff, FEMA, and State organizations. Many of the courses are eligible for CEC credits for Certified Floodplain Managers.

Please feel free to register for any courses you are interested in attending, and invite or pass information on these courses on to potentially interested communities or organizations in your states. Also, if you are interested in using this online platform for any trainings that your state would like to present, STARR can support you in that effort. Please let me know if you’d like additional information on hosting online trainings.

To register for a course or to check on upcoming courses, navigate to and click the “Upcoming” tab. Below are the courses offered in November:

November 6, 1:00 pm Eastern – Floodplain Development Permit Review

This 90-minute session will highlight eight basic steps to reviewing development inside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This is beginner training, recommended for those new to the role of floodplain administrator. 1 CEC for ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers.

November 7, 1:00 pm Eastern – Inspecting Floodplain Development

This beginner two-hour session will highlight special considerations for plan reviewers and building inspectors when evaluating and inspecting development inside the Special Flood Hazard Area, including basic concepts and terminology, minimum construction standards (from the IBC/IRC), and conducting inspections. 2 CECs for ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers.

November 20, 1:00 pm Eastern – Determining Base Flood Elevation

Training on methods for determining base flood elevation in AE and A Zones using the FIRM/FIS and other resources, including tips for developing BFEs for A Zones. 1 CEC for CFMs.

November 20, 3:00 pm Eastern – Substantial Damage Estimation

After a large-scale hazard event, structures must be evaluated for substantial damage. When a structure is deemed substantially damaged, specific flood hazard reduction regulations become effective. This one-hour session will walk the attendee through the basics of Substantial Damage Estimation, including downloading and installing the program and gathering and inputting data to assist with the substantial damage estimation process for larger scale events. 1 CEC for CFMs.

November 21, 12:00 pm Eastern – Elevation Certificates

Training on the proper way to complete FEMA Form 81-31 and best practices for using the Elevation Certificate in the floodplain development review process. 2 CECs for ASFPM Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs) that register and attend individually and pass the learning objectives quiz at the end of the session.
In addition, here is a summary of courses currently scheduled in December. Additional courses may be added, so check for the current list:
Dec 4, 2013, 12:00 PM Eastern- Floodplain Development Permit Review
Dec 5, 2013, 1:00 PM Eastern - Inspecting Floodplain Development
Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!


Alex Sirotek, CFM
FEMA Region 1 Regional Service Center
99 High Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110