Minnesota Training Opportunities

Floodplain Management Training is a free one-day course designed for local officials, surveyors and engineers, realtors, insurance agents, and other interested citizens. The 2014 sessions include both general and specialized topics:

  • Floodplain zoning basics
  • Floodplain map basics
  • Letters of map change (LOMA, LOMR-F and LOMR)
  • Flood insurance basics (including the 2012 Biggert-Waters Reform Act)
  • Ordinance administration
  • Estimating base flood elevations in A zones
  • Higher regulatory standards

Training sessions have been held in 2014 in Brainerd, Owatonna, Windom, Hutchinson and Milaca. Upcoming dates are:

  • Thief River Falls: Wednesday, September 17th – DNR/DOT Offices, 246 125th Ave NE, Thief River Falls, MN  56701
  • Minnetonka: Tuesday, September 23rd  – Minnehaha Creek Watershed District Office, 15320 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN 55345
  • Grand Rapids: Wednesday, October 8th – DNR Offices, 1201 East Highway 2, Grand Rapids, MN 55744
  • Winona: Thursday, October 9th – Winona County Offices, 177 Main Street, Winona, MN 55987

The sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration at 8:30 am. To sign up, training, e-mail ceil.strauss@state.mn.us or call Ceil at 651-259-5713. Additional sessions may be scheduled depending on interest.

Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM)
Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role.  October 15, 2014.  Minneapolis, and November 10, 2014, Camp Ripley Emergency Management Training Center, Little FallsThe Recovery from Disaster class is designed for local disaster recovery teams consisting of emergency managers, city/county administrators, public works directors, building inspectors, and community planners.  The course focuses on the roles and responsibilities of each team member and provides guidance on developing a local disaster recovery plan. Participants are given the opportunity to develop an outline of their own recovery plan during the course.

Recovery from Disaster, the Local Government Role. Mitigation for Emergency Managers (G393).  January 6 – 8, 2015.  St. Paul, MN.  This course is designed to enable the non-technical emergency worker to acquire skills in the use of Mitigation.  The course provides training in how to perform Mitigation activities fundamental to reducing and eliminating long-term risk from hazards. 

For these and other additional classes available from HSEM, please visit their training website at https://app.dps.mn.gov/HSEM_Training/view_class_list.asp

Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers (MnAFPM)

2014 Annual Conference, Duluth, November 19 – 21, 2014.  Theme:  "It Doesn't Flood Here! Locations not Historically Prone to Flooding."
The 2014 MNAFPM conference will be held at the Holiday Inn, Duluth. Trainings and breakout sessions will occur on November 19th and 20th with an opportunity to take the CFM test on Friday the 21st. There will be a field tour of local flood projects on Wednesday afternoon. Go to http://www.mnafpm.org/conference to register.

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

Ethics in Floodplain Management: Understanding and avoiding ethical dilemmas in your role as a floodplain manager.  October 15, 2014, 1PM – 2:30PM.  This webinar will explore ethical situations in a variety of areas a floodplain manager may face including floodplain modeling, mapping, planning, surveying, and the administration and enforcement of the community flood damage prevention ordinance.  More information on this training can be found at https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/412481047971995137.

ASFPM also has an online training program and training is added regularly. See http://www.floods.org/n-calendar/webinars.asp for more information.

EMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

E157: Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialist Qualifying Course.  January 6 – 8, 2015.  Emmitsburg, MD.  This course provides the opportunity for Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialists to attain the knowledge and skills needed to demonstrate the behaviors/ activities in their Position Task Books and to perform tasks that will be required during a disaster operation.

E158: Hazard Mitigation Community Planner Specialist Qualifying Course.  February 18 -19, 2015.  Emmitsburg, MD.  The goal of this course is to provide the opportunity for Hazard Mitigation (HM) Community Planner Specialists to attain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully demonstrate the behaviors/ activities in their Position Task Books and to perform tasks that will be required during a disaster operation.

E273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP.  March 30 – April 1, 2015.  Emmitsburg, MD.  This is a basic NFIP four day course that lays the foundation for working with the NFIP in application in the field, and is targeted for local, Tribal, State and Federal Floodplain Managers.  Topics covered include outreach, mapping (risk determination), rules and regulations, permitting, elevation certificate, substantial damage and substantial improvement, flood insurance and legal issues as well as other important topics. 

EMI also offers many more courses in Emmitsburg, around the country and through webinar training opportunities on line.  For additional information on EMI classes and webinars, please visit EMI's website at www.training.fema.gov/EMICourses/.

North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES)

Multi Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools.  January 6 – 7, 2015.  Bismarck, ND.  This course will provide schools with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to refine or develop an all-hazards school Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) and how to train and exercise the school EOP.  The course follows guidance set forth in the FEMA Comprehensive Preparedness Guide (CPG 101) for developing an EOP and explains how to utilize the National Incident Management System as the foundation for planning and building partnerships with outside agencies such as Law Enforcement, Fire, and Emergency Management.  For additional information, please contact Brenda Vossler at blvossler@nd.gov orLarry Regorrah at lregorrah@nd.gov.  To register online, go to http://www.nd.gov/des/events/detail.asp?eventID=257.

NDDES Grant Writing Workshop.  January 14, 2015.  Bismarck, ND.  This one day grant writing workshop will provide an overview of private, state, and federal grants available to the emergency services community. Included will be Homeland Security, Firefighter, and non-profit grants. Specific grant writing tips and guidelines will also be covered, with an emphasis on writing goals, objectives, outcomes, and narratives.  Hands-on practical exercises will round out the day's activities.  For additional information, please contact Brenda Vossler at blvossler@nd.gov orLarry Regorrah at lregorrah@nd.gov.  To register online, go to http://www.nd.gov/des/events/detail.asp?eventID=257.

FEMA Sponsored Webex Trainings on the Community Rating System (CRS)

CRS Webinar Series: Introduction to CRS.  October 21, 2014 and December 16, 2014.
CRS Webinar Series: Developing Outreach Projects (Activity 330). October 22, 2014.
CRS Webinar Series:  Preparing for a Site Visit.  November 18, 2014.
CRS Webinar Series:  Flood Warning & Response (Activity 610).  November 19, 2014.
CRS Webinar Series:  Developing a PPI, CIP, and Using FloodSmart.  December 17, 2014.
Additional sessions are continually added.  Please visit http://crsresources.org/ under "Training and Videos" for more information, to register, and to review a current schedule of classes.

Other Webinars, Meetings, and Conferences of Interest
The Role of the Environmental Professional in Disaster Preparedness, Planning & Recovery.  National Association of Environmental Professionals.  September 17, 2014.  1PM – 2:30PM.  Webinar.  This webinar addresses the best practices, federal planning, and land use planning initiatives being developed to aid in the resiliency of our communities in the face of natural disaster.  For more information, please contact Tim Bower at (856) 283-7816 or email at naep@naep.org.

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments - ALC3184 (Formerly CPS3184).  US Fish and Wildlife Service.  September 30 - October 2, 2014.  La Crosse, WI.  This course is designed to guide conservation and resource management practitioners in two essential elements in the design of climate adaptation plans. Specifically, it will provide guidance in identifying which species or systems are likely to be most strongly affected by projected changes; and understanding why these resources are likely to be vulnerable, including the interaction between climate shifts and existing stressors.  Contact Jill Del Veccio by phone at 304-876-7424 or by email at jill_delvecchio@fws.gov or Ashley Fortune Isham by phone at 304.876.7361 or by email at ashley_fortune@fws.gov.

Stormwater Design Series Webinar: Detention Basins & Constructed Wetlands.  ISWEP.  October 14, 2014.  Webinar.  Please contact Stacie Johnson at 319-360-1395 or sjohnson@iamu.org for more information.
Wisconsin Association of Floodplain, Stormwater, and Coastal Management Annual Conference.  October 29 – 31, 2014.  Wisconsin Dells, WI.  Please contact Conference Chair Laura Kletti at lkletti@sewrpc.org for more information.