NFIP Reauthorization Deadline May 31, 2019NFIPMay2019

In order for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to continue to operate, the program was required to be reauthorized by Congress by September 30, 2017.  After multiple short term authorizations since that deadline, on December 21, 2018, the President signed legislation passed by Congress authorizing the program until May 31, 2019.  Congress has remained deadlocked on moving forward with a number of bills proposing long-term reform of the NFIP.  FEMA's NFIP Reauthorization webpage provides the latest on the status of the reauthorization.

Flood Risk and the U.S. Housing MarketHousingMarket

In October 2018, the Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center released a working paper entitled "Flood Risk and the U.S. Housing Market".  The paper discusses how FEMA and catastrophe modeling companies assess flood risk, why homeowners often do not voluntarily protect themselves financially against floods, current federal flood risk management programs in the country, and the interaction of mortgage and housing markets and flood risk.

Stamford:  Success with CRSStamfordCRS

The City of Stamford was highlighted in the latest NFIP/CRS Update newsletter (January 2019) in its "Success with CRS" segment, pages 6-8.  Local floodplain administration and environmental planner, Richard Talamelli of the city's Environmental Protection Board explains their three-part approach to implementing CRS:  higher regulatory standards, open space preservation and public outreach.  Stamford is a class 7 CRS community, with residents receiving a 15% discount on flood insurance premiums.  This translates into a savings of approximately $350,000 annually for the city's 2,700 flood insurance policyholders.  

Proposed Changes to CBRS in ConnecticutCBRS
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a notice in the Federal Register on December 18, 2018 to announce the availability of draft revised boundaries for 310 Coastal Barrier Resources System units (256 existing units and 54 proposed new units) located in Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York (Long Island), Rhode Island, and Virginia for public review and comment.  The proposed boundaries are accessible via the CBRS Projects Mapper.  The proposed boundaries were produced through a multi-year effort funded by the Department of the Interior to comprehensively modernize the maps of the CBRS for nine states most affected by Hurricane Sandy.  The modernization effort will correct mapping errors affecting property owners, add new qualifying areas to the CBRS, and provide the public with more accurate and accessible CBRS data and maps. 
New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management Interim ReportNYNJHarbor
In February 2019, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a new interim report titled "New York-New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries Coastal Storm Risk Management" on its proposal to install sea barriers around New York and New Jersey Harbor, including one at the western end of Long Island Sound.  The report includes models, alternatives and cost projections.    
Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018DRRA

On October 5, 2018, President Trump signed the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018.  Highlights from the DRRA include:

 

  • Greater investment in mitigation before a disaster
  • Reducing risk from future disasters from fire   
  • Increasing state capacity to manage disaster recovery
  • Providing greater flexibility to survivors with disabilities
  • Retaining skilled response and recovery personnel 
October 1, 2019 Flood Insurance ChangesOct1FloodInsurance

Beginning October 1, 2019, FEMA will publish rates in the Specific Rating Guidelines for elevated buildings that have an above-grade enclosure (hanging floors or mid-level entries) and for non-elevated, non-residential structures that have below-grade pit areas (e.g. oil pits).  NFIP insurers may quote and process policies effective on or after October 1, 2019 for these building types using the Specific Rating Guidelines.  FEMA will publish the updated Specific Rating Guidelines by June 1, 2019.

Training OpportunitiesTrainings
WEBINARS

NFIP-related training webinars are available through STARR, a FEMA contractor.  Below is a list of upcoming webinars.  To register, go to the NFIP training website  and  click "Training Center" on the top bar, and then on the "Upcoming" tab.  When asked during registration what FEMA Region you are in, please reply "1".
  • April 16, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Preparing for a Verification Visit
  • April 17, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Flood Insurance Promotion (Activity 370)
  • April 25, 2019, 1:00pm - NFIP Basics
  • May 16, 2019, 1:00pm - Elevation Certificates
  • May 30, 2019, 1:00pm - Floodplain Development Permit Review
  • May 30, 2019, 1:00pm - Inspecting Floodplain Development
  • June 6, 2019, 1:00pm - Tools for Determining Base Flood Elevation
  • June 18, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Drainage System Maintenance (Activity 540)
  • June 19, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Preparing an Annual Recertification
  • June 20, 2019, 1:00pm - NFIP Basics
  • July 16, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Developing a Repetitive Loss Area Analysis
  • July 17, 2019, 1:00pm - CRS:  Flood Warning and Response (Activity 610)
 

V IDEOS

H2O Partners offers short training videos on the following topics:
  • Demonstrating the Elevation Certificate
  • How the NFIP Works for the Floodplain Professional
  • Effects of Flood Map Changes
  • Role of the Elevation Certificate in Floodplain Management
   
 
CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS
   
May 19-23, 2019:  Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference, Cleveland, OH, www.floods.org.
 
 
 
FEMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is located at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Emergency Training Center (NETC) in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  EMI serves as the national center for emergency management training of federal, state and local government officials.  Tuition, housing, and all books and materials are provided at no cost.  Participants are responsible for the cost of a meal pass (approximately $100/week).  Below is a select list of floodplain management classes offered into September 2019.  A full list of training classes can be found at the EMI website.  
 

E172  HAZUS-MH for Flood - June 17-20, July 8-11
E174  HAZUS-MS for Earthquake and Tsunami - July 22-25
E179  Application of HAZUS-MH for Disaster Operations - August 26-29 
E190  ArcGIS for Emergency Managers -  May 6-9
E210  Recovery from Disaster: The Local Government Role -  June 17-20
E212  Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program: Developing Quality Application Elements - May 6-9
E213  Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program:  Application Review and Evaluation -
July 29-30, 2019
E214  Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program:  Project Implementation and Programmatic Closeout - July 31 - August 1
E273  Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP - June 17-20, August 26-29
E276  Benefit-Cost Analysis:  Entry Level  - June 12-13, September 25-26
E278  Community Rating System (CRS) -  June 24-27
E279  Retrofitting Floodprone Residential Buildings - May 13-16
E282  Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts II - July 15-18
E312  Fundamentals of Building Science -    September 23-26
E313  Basic HAZUS-MH - May 14-17, May 20-23, August 19-22 
E317  Comprehensive Data Management for HAZUS-MH - June 10-13, September 16-19
E386  Residential Coastal Construction -  August 12-15
 

EMI also offers free Independent Study courses on various aspects of the NFIP aimed at  community officials, surveyors, insurance agents, and claims adjusters.  These web-based courses are free and can be taken at your own pace. Below is a sample of courses available.  Independent study courses are also available for other topics in emergency management, hazard mitigation planning, disaster response and dam safety.    

IS-10.a     Animals in Disasters:  Awareness & Preparedness
IS-11.a     Animals in Disasters:  Community Planning
IS-30a      Mitigation eGrants for the Subgrant Applicant
IS-42       Social Media in Emergency Management
IS-111.a   Livestock in Disasters
IS-212.b   Introduction to Unified Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)
IS-276      Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) Fundamentals
IS-277      Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA):  Entry Level
IS-279.a   Introduction to Retrofitting Flood-prone Residential Structures
IS-284      Using the Substantial Damage Estimator 2.0 Tool
IS-366.a   Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
IS-386      Introduction to Residential Coastal Construction
IS-393.a   Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
IS-394.a   Protecting Your Home or Small Business From Disaster
IS-552      The Public Works Role in Emergency Management 
IS-554      Emergency Planning for Public Works
IS-556      Damage Assessment for Public Works
IS-558      Public Works and Disaster Recovery
IS-559      Local Damage Assessment
IS-634      Introduction to FEMA's Public Assistance Program
IS-1100.a  Increased Cost of Compliance
IS-1101     Basic Agent Tutorial
IS-1102     Theory of Elevation Rating
IS-1103     Elevation Certificate for Surveyors
IS-1104     NFIP Claims Review for Adjusters
IS-1105     EC Made Easy:  Elevation Certificate Overview
IS-1106     FEMA Mapping Changes
IS-1107     Adjuster Customer Service
IS-1108     Insuring Condominiums
IS-1109     Understanding Basement Coverage
IS-1110.a  Writing Commercial Exposures
IS-1111     Introduction to Commercial Claims
IS-1112     Introduction to Flood Claims
IS-1113     Coastal Barrier Resources Act
IS-2001     Threat and Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (THIRA)
Visit the DEEP website at www.ct.gov/deep.  Published by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Bureau of Water Protection and Land Reuse, Land and Water Resources Division.  Editor:  Diane Ifkovic, State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator, email:  diane.ifkovic@ct.gov.
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