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Workshops and Webinars

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FEMA NFIP Training Available Online 

NFIP 101 is a free online training and/or reference guide for the NFIP now available from ASFPM at  

EC Made Easy: Elevation Certificate Overview (IS-1105)
Do you know when the FEMA Elevation Certificate is required, optional, or not needed to rate NFIP flood insurance premiums? EC Made Easy: Elevation Certificate Overview will guide you through the purpose of the Elevation Certificate, aid you in locating a certifying professional, and provide details on properly completing and interpreting the Elevation Certificate. This course assists insurance agents and other professionals in learning the basics of the Elevation Certificate and identifying the impact flood risk has on flood insurance costs.

NFIP Claims Review for Adjusters (IS-1104)
New and experienced adjusters seeking the necessary knowledge and skill to adjust claims for the NFIP will find NFIP Claims Review for Adjusters, formerly a 7-hour classroom presentation, essential for adjusting NFIP claims. This course defines the role, standards, and necessary requirements to adjust claims within the NFIP. In addition, it offers an overview of the Standard Flood Insurance Policy through a step-by-step outline of the similarities and contrasts found in the Dwelling Form, General Property Form, and the Residential Condominium Building Association Policy. With a focus on providing excellent customer service, this course also identifies common errors and adjustment issues where special attention is needed to ensure a high level of quality in the claims settlement process. 

Introduction to Flood Claims (IS-1112)
NFIP flood losses and loss settlements are particularly specialized. To adjust NFIP claims, a flood adjuster must be qualified and must complete the process of becoming an NFIP certified adjuster. NFIP adjusters achieve levels of authority based on flood adjusting experience and knowledge of the Program. Introduction to Flood Claims provides an overview of adjusting NFIP claims and reviews the NFIP Standard Flood Insurance Policy.

Elevation Certificate for Surveyors (IS-1103)
The FEMA Elevation Certificate is an administrative tool of the NFIP which is used to provide elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain management ordinances, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, or support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment. Elevation Certificate for Surveyors provides necessary information and resources for surveyors, engineers, architects, and community officials to understand how to properly complete the Elevation Certificate. In addition to a fundamental overview, this course offers advanced topics such as Engineered Flood Openings, Floodproofing, and V Zone Design Certificates.

Increased Cost of Compliance (IS-1100)
After severe flooding, local communities must assess a building’s damage to assure compliance with local floodplain management ordinance provisions. Before building repair or reconstruction is permitted, it may be necessary to require certain measures to reduce future flood damage. Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage is available under the NFIP Standard Flood Insurance Policy to assist policyholders with the cost to comply with these requirements. The Increased Cost of Compliance course provides an overview of ICC coverage and eligibility and takes the learner through the claims process to gain a better understanding of this important coverage benefit.

FEMA Mapping Changes (IS-1106)
All NFIP stakeholders will benefit from this course, which provides a practical look at how changes to FEMA flood maps affect property owners, insurance agents, lending institutions, and others. FEMA Mapping Changes explores the impact of map changes through a series of self-guided interactive exercises designed to assist learners with navigating through mapping changes as they occur. 

Webinars Related to Climate Resilient Mitigation Activities for Hazard Mitigation Assistance
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Intensive Training

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
The FEMA Emergency Management Institute offers flood hazard area management training for municipal officials and regional planners for little cost.  Most trainings occur at the EMI facility in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Some occur at field sites around the country. 

Look online for E273 Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP on their EMI schedule of training events. FEMA will cover tuition and most travel costs except for the cost of meals at EMI and ground transportation to the airport on the Vermont end.

EMI Independent Study course exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have an SID, register for one today
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Conferences and Annual Events

Vermont League of Cities and Towns
VLCT Town Fair
Town Officer Education Seminars

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has a national conference focused on many aspects of flood resilience and floodplain management. 

Upcoming ASFPM conferences

ASFPM maintains a list of Certified Floodplain Managers. For CFM preparation and exam dates in Vermont contact Rebecca Pfeiffer.

New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association - annual conference
Rhode Island Flood Mitigation Association - annual conference 
Natural Hazards Mitigation Association - recorded presentations and Workshops / Symposia
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