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FEMA Nov Trainings
By Nicole M Friedt, CFM
Posted: 2022-11-15T15:01:24Z

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November Floodplain Management Training

Check out these upcoming webinars related to your community's floodplain management program and NFIP flood insurance. Feel free to forward these to other staff who may be interested.

Virtual Brown Bag: RSC and HECRAS models

REGVI VBBNovember 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 pm CST

BLE Refinement ( early webinar for Thanksgiving )

The August Virtual Brown Bag will be presented by Rachel Mollenhoff, AECOM, Compass Production and Technical Services Joint Venture.

Rachel will share details on acquiring and using BLE HEC RAS models from the FEMA Estimated BFE Viewer. Rachel is a Water Resources Engineer with 8+ years experience specializing in Hydrologic & Hydraulic analyses, FEMA Compliance and Floodplain Mapping, and Storm Infrastructure Design. One hour of continuing education credit is approved for this training through ASFPM for Certified Floodplain Managers.


National Flood Insurance Program Training Opportunity

FEMA Risk Rating 2.0 resources including image of fact sheet, graphic, and videoRisk Rating 2.0 Webinar Series

Wednesday, 11/16/22 1:00pm – 2:30pm CT

FEMA is conducting a webinar series to introduce the new flood insurance rating system known as Risk Rating 2.0, Equity in Action. This training will introduce the fundamentals of Risk Rating 2.0 and the details of the rating methodology this new system uses. The webinar will also provide information on additional training resources, discuss recent experience with the new rating methodology, and provide tips for success. This training is open to all. Local government officials, insurance agents, and real estate professionals are encouraged to attend.

You can attend these webinars on ZOOM at

Meeting ID: 160 279 9241

Passcode: 865601

There is no registration requirement for these training sessions, but the room size is limited to the first 500 participants for each session. If you are unable to attend a session, please try again with the next monthly offering.

More information about RR 2.0 can be found at the FEMA

Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action | 


NFIP 101NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management (CEC-eligible version)

For students new to floodplain management, taking the course from beginning to end is recommended. To earn professional credit, taking the course from beginning to end is required.

*Completing the entire course is required in order to earn professional credit. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer partial credit for this course at this time. Please ensure that you select the option “For Professional Credit” if you intend to earn CECs by taking this course.

*12 CECs for CFMs

View Course Here

Grant Funding Through FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance

The application period for the fiscal year 2022 Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs—opened Friday, September 30, 2022. These are annual, nationally competitive grants under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant program. BRIC and FMA are in part, prioritizing projects that address climate adaptation and resilience and benefit disadvantaged communities. 

  • Recorded webinars:
  • Click here to watch national-level webinars about HMA grants. 
  • Click here to watch regional-level webinars about HMA grants.
  • Memo: Acquisition and Elevation Pre-Calculated Benefit Values for the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Updated, $323,000 for acquisitions and $205,000 for elevations.
  • Memo: Pre-calculated benefit for acquisitions ($323,000 per structure) available for Repetitive Loss (RL) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) properties outside of the SFHA.
  • Memo: Alternative cost-effectiveness methodology that will modify the threshold for mitigation projects to be considered cost-effective under limited conditions. Will benefit underserved communities with challenges meeting the Benefit-Cost Analysis (BCA) requirement.

Nationally run training from NFIP for insurance agents

Two-part Key Fundamentals of Flood Insurance Webinar

This webinar is a two-part course on FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program. It brings participants the latest information on the NFIP, including instruction on the NFIP’s pricing methodology – Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action. Created for insurance agents with CE varying by state, others are welcome to attend, but CE credit is not available. 

November 15, 2022 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. CT (Part 1)

November 16, 2022 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. CT (Part 2)


November 16, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 1)

November 17, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 2)


November 22, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 1)

November 23, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 2)


November 29, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 1)

November 30, 2022 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT (Part 2)


Resilience for All

National HazardsHow Recent FEMA Program Changes Can Expand Access in Under-served Communities,Tuesday, November 15, 2022 | 12:00 p.m. CST

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recently instituted a new methodology for assessing cost-effectiveness in the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) programs.

The changes modify the threshold for what is considered a cost-effective mitigation project and offers opportunities for communities that are disadvantaged, as well as projects that have hard-to-quantify benefits, and those that address climate impacts.


View NMDHSEM Floodplain Resources


Click here to view resources from the State NFIP Coordination office at the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (NMDHSEM). Find links to sites like After Wildfire, A Guide for New Mexico Communities.

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Region 6

Denton, TX

Floodplain Management & Insurance Branch