Minnesota Training Opportunities

July 27-30, 2015: "Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program" (273) offered in Minneapolis

This is the field deployed version of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI) E273 course. This course is designed to provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.

  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day (four day course)
  • The course is FREE, but registration is required
  • Local officials responsible for administering local floodplain ordinances, as well as federal, state and regional floodplain managers are encouraged to attend.
  • Sponsored by FEMA, the Association of State Floodplain Managers and Minnesota DNR, with support from the city of Minneapolis.

Register by July 1, 2015

Seating is limited, register early! This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Questions? Contact Ceil Strauss at 651-259-5713, or email: ceil.strauss@state.mn.us

One Day Floodplain Management for Local Officials, Surveyors/Engineers, Realtors, Agents

Floodplain Management Training is a free one-day course designed for local officials, surveyors and engineers, realtors, insurance agents, and other interested citizens. The 2015 sessions include both general and specialized topics:

  • Floodplain program history, definitions & basic regulations
  • Floodplain map basics
  • Letters of map change (LOMA, LOMR-F and LOMR)
  • Flood insurance basics (including the 2012 & 2015 federal law updates)
  • Ordinance administration & zoning basics
  • Estimating base flood elevations in A zones
  • Higher regulatory standards

Upcoming training session dates are:

  • August 12, 2015 – Grand Rapids – (DNR Office)
  • September 1, 2015 – Minnetonka (Minnetonka Government Center)
  • September 3, 2015 – Apple Valley (Dakota County Western Service Center)
  • September 9, 2015 – Windom (DNR Office) 
  • September 23, 2015 – Roseau (Roseau County Government Center)
  • September 30, 2015 – Moorhead (Clay County Government Center)
  • October 1, 2015 – Little Falls (Morrison County Government Center)
  • August/September/October 2015 – Rochester
  • August 26, 2015 – Mankato (Blue Earth Government Center)

The sessions run from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with registration at 8:30 am.   Two tracks will be offered for part or all the day so those attending can choose to cover basics or more advanced topics. (Participants will receive a survey in advance to help determine track pairings that conflict the least.)

To sign up for the 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)

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

Minnesota Association of Floodplain Managers (MnAFPM)

2015 Annual Conference, Moorhead, MN, November 18 – 20, 2015.  Theme:  "Just Say No . . . to Moor Flooding"

The 2015 MNAFPM conference will be held at the Moorhead Marriott. Trainings and breakout sessions will occur on November 18th and 19th with an opportunity to take the CFM test on Friday the 20th. There will be a field tour of local flood projects on Wednesday afternoon. Go to http://www.mnafpm.org/conference to see the Call for Abstracts.

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

ASFPM 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)

E273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP.   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.

E157: Hazard Mitigation Community Education and Outreach Specialist Qualifying Course.  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.  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.

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/.