Training workshops are not included with conference registration. All training workshops require advanced registration and in most cases, payment of a separate registration fee to attend. Walk-ins will not be allowed to participate without first registering and paying registration fee (if applicable).
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* Targeted toward State Floodplain Managers & Hazard Mitigation Officers are
Floodplain Management 101 (9am - 5pm) - $
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 9am-5pm
Cost = $80, 6.5 CECs for CFMs
Floodplain Management 101 covers the basic tenets of the NFIP and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community floodplain management program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning.
New floodplain managers with less than two years of experience.
- Define basic abbreviations and terms.
- Identify legislative events in the NFIP’s history & recall the three goals of the NFIP
- List the federal, state and local roles in the NFIP
- Describe (in general terms) the minimum standards of the NFIP
- Identify what information can be found in a Flood Insurance Study, and determine the BFE with a flood map and FIS for a specific property
- Define an Approximate A Zone, and review how to find BFEs in Approximate A Zones
- Explain Letters of Map Change
- List the everyday duties of a local floodplain administrator and define a violation
- Explain why substantial damage/improvement is a key tool in floodplain management and identify major considerations when making a substantial damage/improvement determination
- Recognize when permits are, and are not, required for activities in the floodplain
- Describe how to use an Elevation Certificate in floodplain management
- Review how to handle variance requests, and discuss the process for remedying violations
- Identify actions FEMA may take for community non-compliance with the NFIP
- NFIP Basics
- Maps & Flood Insurance Studies (FIS)
- Using the Maps
- Approximate Zone A
- Updating the Map
- The Floodplain Administrator’s Role
- NFIP Compliance
- Elevation Certificates
- Actions for Non-Compliance
30% Facilitated Discussion
30% Small Group Exercise
1.25 hour Unit 1: NFIP Basics
2.00 hour Unit 2: Maps & FIS
1.25 hour Unit 3: The Floodplain Administrator’s Role
1.50 hour Unit 4: NFIP Compliance
0.25 hour Q&A
- Students exercises will include learning to map a property on a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and how to determine the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) using the FIRM and the Flood Insurance Study (FIS) to within one tenth of a foot.
- Students will be given scenarios for which they must determine if Substantial Damage or Substantial Improvement applies, and or which information is missing necessary to make the determination.
- Students will be given various scenarios where they must determine if a permit is required.
- Students will also be asked to identify information necessary to complete the FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC), using photos of various buildings determining which diagram applies, and commonly made mistakes and errors on the EC.
- Students will be given various examples where they must decide whether or not to grant a variance.
Shanna Michael, GISP, CFM
GIS Specialist III, AECOM
Shanna Michael has over 10 years of experience working with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), Hazard Mitigation Planning, community planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Hazus, and risk assessments. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri in Kansas City in Environmental Science, as well as a GIS Certificate. She is currently a Hazus trained professional and Hazus trainer, and is the current president for the Heartland Hazus User Group. She has experience with FEMA’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Map production and processes.
Jennifer Marcy, CFM
Project Manager, Atkins North America, Inc.
Jen has been providing flood- and NFIP-related outreach, training, and expertise on floodplain management regulations for over 12 years. She has trained hundreds of state and local floodplain managers across the country using a Certified Floodplain Manager Training program she created. Jen has been a co-chair for ASFPM's Training and Outreach Committee since 2009, and is on the Board of Directors of her own State Association (NY).
Heidi Carlin, CFM
Sr. Strategic Communications Specialist, AECOM
Heidi M. Carlin currently works as a Sr. Strategic Communications Specialist for AECOM. She is the Training Coordinator for the RAMPP team, supporting Risk MAP efforts for Regions II, III, and VI. She is also invovled with coastal outreach efforts, has developed training for EMI, assists with the National Dam Safety Awareness Program, and provides NFIP Technical Support to FEMA HQ. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from Texas State – San Marcos. Her previous experience includes work educating floodplain managers, real estate agents, developers, and others in the river basin and continues to provide technical assistance to professionals and the general public.
* Building Codes & Standards: Recent Changes & FEMA Policies (1pm - 3pm) - $
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Cost = $45, 2 CECs for CFMs
For many years FEMA has considered building codes a cornerstone of effective mitigation and the agency's strategic plans have included support for development and adoption of rigorous, risk-informed building codes and standards. This workshop will identify recently adopted significant changes in the I-Codes and ASCE 24 and changes coming in the 2018 edition of the I-Codes. We will explain how reliance on codes and standards is incorporated into FEMA policies and programs: Community Rating System; Hazard Mitigation grants (retrofit, reconstruction projects, elevation, code adoption, post-disaster enforcement); NFIP Floodproofing Certificate; and Public Assistance (for repair of damaged public buildings and facilities).
Attendees are encouraged to review the excerpts of the flood provisions of the 2015 International Codes, lists of changes from previous editions (2012 and 2009), and “Highlights of ASCE 24” (2014 and 2005), available online: https://www.fema.gov/building-code-resources. In addition, attendees may wish to review the Floodproofing Certificate (https://www.fema.gov/floodproofing-certificate ) and Section E.1.1 of FEMA’s HMA Unified Guidance (https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/103279 ).
Floodplain managers, federal/state/local officials, design professionals
- Identify and explain recent significant changes to the International Codes and ASCE 24 Flood Resistant Design and Construction
- Understand the authority under which FEMA acts to incorporate codes and standards into agency policies
- Recognize inclusion of codes and standards in FEMA policies and programs apply in all States and communities, regards of whether codes are already adopted
- Know where to find FEMA resources for the flood provisions in the I-Codes and ASCE 24
- Changes in flood provisions of the 2015 I-Codes (freeboard, Coastal A Zone, openings in breakaway walls, tanks)
- Changes in ASCE 24-2014 (500-yr for critical facilities, dry floodproofing and mixed use, performance of flood openings, multi-story parking garages)
- Upcoming changes in the 2018 I-Codes (concrete slabs and stairways in Zone V)
- Existing FEMA policies and programs that incorporate codes and standards and recent changes (FEMA Recovery Policy FP-104-009-4: Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards and FEMA Policy 204-078-2: Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards)
- Coordinated Floodplain Management Ordinance with model building code requirements
40% Facilitated discussion
10 min. Introductions
05 min. FEMA support for building codes
20 min. Recent changes in 2015 I-Codes
15 min. Recent changes in ASCE 24-15
05 min. Upcoming changes in 2018 I-Codes
30 min. Recent changes to FEMA programs and policies
20 min. FEMA Building Code Resources
15 min. Wrap up
- Attendees will be given excerpts of I-Codes and ASCE 24 text, and asked to identify the differences between 2012/24-05 and 2015/24-14 – and write 2 or 3 sentences explaining why the change is justified and which should get credited by the CRS as a “higher standard.”
- Attendees will be given excerpts of the NFIP regulations and the updated Floodproofing Certificate, and asked to identify the differences between CFR requirements for certification of floodproofing and the Floodproofing Certificate – and write a brief justification for the differences.
John Ingargiola, EI, CBO, CFM
Senior Engineer, FEMA Building Science Branch
John Ingargiola is a Sr. Engineer in the Building Sciences Branch of the Risk Management Directorate at FEMA’s Federal Insurance & Mitigation Administration in Washington, DC. John’s work involves a broad range of mitigation activities including: pre and post-disaster building sciences, education, working with model building code and standards-producing organizations, development of technical guidance document, and coordination with various partners. He has managed FEMA’s post-disaster Mitigation Assessment Team Building Performance studies conducted for Hurricanes Charley, Ivan, Katrina and Sandy. Before coming to FEMA in 1999, John served as a Building Code Official in Florida. Mr. Ingargiola holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art.
Rebecca Quinn, CFM
President, RCQuinn Consulting
Rebecca Quinn, CFM, president of RCQuinn Consulting, Inc. and a consultant to the FEMA Building Science Branch and a number of states, specializes in floodplain management and mitigation, with particular focus on the National Flood Insurance Program and the International Codes. For 10 years she was Maryland's NFIP State Coordinator and the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. Since 1998, she has been a consultant to FEMA on matters related to building codes and publications. In addition, she has worked with local jurisdictions, state agencies, and other clients involved in preparing building code coordinated model floodplain management ordinances, producing guidance documents, evaluating programs, and implementing mitigation projects.
Getting Familiar with the USGS Flood-data Toolbox (1pm - 5pm) - $
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 1-5pm
Cost = $45, 3.5 CECs for CFMs
The US Geological Survey is uniquely situated closest to streams on the landscape collecting critical observations that so many communities depend on for model calibration, and decision support. Join us to learn how to efficiently connect to our data and maybe about some new data processing techniques!
Basic knowledge of streamgages and flood mechanics.
WHAT TO BRING
We recommend attendees bring a laptop computer with ability to access the internet, and a USB port or Internet connection to get the most out of the exercises.
Anyone that needs USGS data, so everyone!
- Access and connect to a variety of USGS data tools including streamgages, flood data, lidar data, NHD and WBD. Be able to format their local HWM data for loading into the USGS database and know the next steps to take with their local USGS office to get the data reviewed and approved
- Be able to understand the difference in several flood inundated area mapping methods and when to apply the different methods.
- Know what to do and who to contact if you need help accessing any of these data during an event or anytime.
- How to access flood data, including:
- Real-time streamgages and rapid-deployment streamgages
- USGS peak-flow data
- Event-based data collection like High-Water marks
- StreamStats and flood-frequency data
- Flood Inundation Mapping Overview, including:
- Map Libraries
- Remotely Sensed Inundated Areas
- Flood Documentation Mapping Methods
- GIS-based Mapping Methods
- Lidar Access and Contracting
- How to Access Geospatial Data, including:
- National Hydrography Dataset and Tools
- National Watershed Boundary Dataset and Tools
20% facilitated discussion
10 min. Introductions and logistics
10 min. USGS Water Program overview
40 min. How to Access Flood Data Participating in the Furnished High-Water Mark database
60 min. Lidar data and other remote sensing assets
10 min. NHD and tools
30 min. WBD and tools
50 min. Flood Inundation Mapping Overview and Methods
30 min. Water Data listening session
Students will be provided with sample HWM data or they can bring their own to format into the provided templates. They will then work with the instructors to make sure they know the next steps to contact the local USGS office for submission and processing.
Federal Liaison for Surface Water, US Geological Survey
Marie C. Peppler works n the Office of Surface Water as the Federal Agency Liaison and the National USGS Flood Inundation Mapping Coordinator. Marie guides the development, publication and communication of USGS Flood Inundation Mapping projects. As the Federal Agency Liaison, Marie coordinates the activities of the USGS Streamgage Network and other programs with our federal partners, such as the National Weather Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers and the International Joint Commission. She also works on geospatial data coordination and communication for other programs, including the USGS flooding and hurricane responses. Marie started her career with the USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center in 2002 as a fluvial geomorphologist and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Geography in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
* Hurricane Awareness (AWR-343) (1pm - 5pm)
SUNDAY, 4/30/2017 from 1:00p - 5:00pm
Cost = FREE pre-registration required (course expenses covered by NDPTC), 3.5 CECs for CFMs
This course provides participants with a basic understanding of the latest knowledge in hurricane science, forecasting, warning and preparedness. The course enhances the ability of participants to identify and describe hazards associated with hurricanes and better prepare for and mitigate the impacts of high winds, heavy rain and storm surge.
Emergency Managers, First Responders, Small Businesses, Corporation, Federal/State/Local/Tribal Governments, and Non-Governmental Organizations.
- Participants will summarize the structure and characteristics of tropical cyclones and associated hazards.
- Participants will explain the hurricane forecasting process and the National Weather Service’s hurricane advisory system.
- Participants will demonstrate comprehension of the National Weather Service’s hurricane advisory products.
- Welcome, Introduction, and Administration
- Hurricane Structure and Hazards
- Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
- Hurricane Advisory Products
- Evaluation and Conclusion
10% Group Activity
30% Facilitated Discussion
50 Min Module 1- Welcome, Introduction and Administration
30 Min Module 2- Hurricane Structure and Hazards
30 Min Module 3- Hurricane Forecasting and Warning
60 Min Module 4- Hurricane Advisory Products
40 Min Module 5- Evaluation and Conclusionstration
A tropical storm activity is presented and each group is expected to properly read, analyze, and utilize National Hurricane Center advisory products provided to them. The instructor will ask groups specific questions about the advisory products and a lead class discussion. The activity will challenge participants to demonstrate comprehension of hurricane science, forecasting, and warning.
Instructor, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC)
Allison Hardin, CFM
Instructor, National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC)
Allison Hardin, CFM is an urban planner and award-winning planning advocate focused on balancing natural resources with economic development by incorporating principles such as No Adverse Impact, triple bottom line planning, and aiming for resiliency, not just sustainability. Currently, Allison works for the City of Myrtle Beach as a city planner. Her 23-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business continuity and emergency services. Allison served four years as a co-chair for the ASFPM Coastal Issues committee. In 2012, she was tapped as one of 100 invited to the national stakeholder meeting to set the mitigation framework of PPD-8, and later that year received the Award for Planning Awareness by the SC chapter of the American Planning Association for her work to promote resilient community practices. She is a contract instructor for the University of Hawaii's National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to instruct local government officials and community leaders in Coastal Community Resilience awareness and Coastal Flood Risk Reduction principles and practices. Allison has been part of a team of NGOs working with NOAA on the Digital Coast web portal - ensuring local decision-makers have easy access to the best available data and coastal decision making tools since 2009: http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast. Most recently, she was part of the Climate Resilience committee steered by RESOLVE to encourage state hazard mitigation plans to address public health impacts due to climate change.