Minnesota Training Opportunities - Spring/Summer 2014

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 Brainerd and Owatonna. Upcoming dates are:

  • Windom:  Tuesday, March 25th – DNR Offices, 175 County Road 26, Windom, MN 56101
  • Hutchinson:  Tuesday, April 1st – Southwest Initiative Foundation, 15 3rd Ave. NW, Hutchinson, MN 55350

The sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration at 8:30 am. To sign up for either training, e-mail ceil.strauss@state.mn.us or call Ceil at 651-259-5713. Additional locations will be added later in 2014, so watch for updates.

Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

  • Great Connections 2014, April 29 - May 1, 2014, Davenport, IA. ASFPM will offer Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to its Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) who participate in Great Connections 2014.  CFMs will be eligible to receive up to 7 CECs for attending Great Connections on April 29 (a workshop and short course day), up to 7 CECs for attending the full conference on April 30, and 3 CECs for attending the May 1 field trip.  For additional information please visit this event's web site at www.greatconnections2014.com.

ASFPM also has an online training program and training is added regularly. See http://www.floods.org/n-calendar/webinars.asp for more information.
FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI)

  • E273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP. 12 Core CECs. March 17-20; May 5-8; and September 15-18. 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. 
  • E278: The Community Rating System. 12 Core CECs. April 7-10; June 23-26; or August 11-14. This is the all-purpose training course for the CRS. It is taught at both the Emergency Management Institute and at sites throughout the country at the request of interested communities, groups, or states, pending available funding. It is based on the 2013 CRS Coordinator's Manual.  For continuing education credit for CFMs, the ASFPM will award CECs earned at the E278 CRS course even if the CFM attended the course when it was based on a previous CRS Coordinator's Manual. Please note:  Some prerequisite courses apply.  Please visit EMI's website below for more details.
  • E282: Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts II. 12 Core CECs. April 14-17, 2014. This advanced floodplain management course is a dynamic and interactive instruction that covers the following four topics in detail: manufactured homes & RVs in the floodplain, NFIP insurance principles for FPMs, higher standards in FPM, and hydrology and hydraulics for FPMs.
  • E284: Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts III.12 Core CECs. July 21-24, 2014. This advanced floodplain management course is a dynamic and interactive instruction that covers the following five topics in detail: floodway standards, disconnects between NFIP regulations and insurance, common noncompliance issues, Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs), and substantial improvement / substantial damage. 
  • E194: Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts. 12 Core CECs. August 25-28, 2014.  This advanced floodplain management course is a dynamic and interactive instruction that covers the following four topics in detail: NFIP rules & regulations in depth, Letters of Map Change (LOMCs), roles & responsibilities of the local FPM, and preparing for post-disaster responsibilities.   

EMI also offers various 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)

  • Effective Communications.  May 7,7:30 AM - 5:00 PM. Jamestown, ND. The ability to communicate effectively is an important skill for everyone.  How well we communicate in daily business and emergency response impacts outcomes for all emergency managers, first responders, healthcare providers, and others.  This course will focus on oral communications and written communications and will address how emergency communications are similar and different from daily communications. Questions may be directed to Brenda Vossler at blvossler@nd.gov. To register online, go to http://www.nd.gov/des/events/detail.asp?eventID=186.

FEMA Sponsored Webex Trainings

  • NFIP Basics. One CEC for ASFPM CFMs. March 12 at 11 a.m. central.
  • Elevation Certificates for A Zones. Two CECs for ASFPM CFMs that register and attend individually and pass the learning objectives quiz at the end of the session. March 13 at 12 p.m. central.
  • CRS Webinar Series: Introduction to CRS.  One CEC for CFMs. March 18 at 12 p.m. central.
  • CRS Webinar Series: Developing Outreach Projects (Activity 330). One CEC for CFMs. March 19 at 12 p.m. central.
  • Elevation Certificates.  Two CECs for ASFPM CFMs that register and attend individually and pass the learning objectives quiz at the end of the session. April 17 at 12 p.m. central.
  • CRS Webinar Series: Introduction to CRS.  One CEC for CFMs. May 20 at 12 p.m. central.
  • CRS Webinar Series: Introduction to CRS.  One CEC for CFMs. July 15 at 12 p.m. central.

Additional sessions are continually added.  Please visit http://atkinsglobalna.webex.com/tc for more information, to register, and to review a current schedule of classes.