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Upcoming FloodplainTraining Opportunities

posted Jun 22, 2015, 2:22 PM by Flood Fight

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.

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  • 8:00 am - 5:00 pm each day (four day course)
  • Minneapolis Public Works Currie Facility, 1220 Currie Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403
  • 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. (Those with less floodplain management activity in your community, or who cannot commit to the four day training can also consider the one day workshops listed below.)
  • 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! Link to 273 class information sheet and registration form.

Questions? Contact Ceil Strauss at 651-259-5713, or email: 

CFM® Exam Offered July 31, 2015 in Minneapolis

The CFM® exam will be offered 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on July 31, 2015 at the Minneapolis Public Works Currie Facility at 1220 Currie Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

See instructions on how to register for the exam in the information sheet for the four day 273 training (described above). 

Link to 273 class information sheet and how to sign up for CFM® exam

NOTE: You can also just register through the Association of State Floodplain Managers to take the exam without registering for the four day 273 course (Managing Floodplain Through the NFIP)

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One Day Floodplain Management Trainings Offered Around State For Local Officials and Others

 Locations and Dates:

  • 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/September/October 2015 – Mankato

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Time: Registration at 8:30.  Sessions 9 am to 4 pm. Two tracks will be offered for part or all the day so those attending can choose to cover basics or more advanced topics.

Cost:  FREE for training.  At most locations there will be an opportunity to order (and pay for) box lunches that morning; bring cash or a bag lunch. 

Target Audience:  City, county and watershed staff who administer floodplain regulations and/or assist with interpretation of FEMA flood maps or determine flood elevations – (i.e., zoning administrators, planners, building officials, city/county engineers, etc.); engineers/surveyors who work with floodplain issues/properties; elected/appointed officials, insurance agents, realtors, etc. 

Topics Covered:  History of floodplain management regulations, roles, definitions, permitted uses in floodway vs flood fringe; FEMA map interpretation; permit process and record-keeping; flood insurance basics (including highlights of 2012 & 2014 Reform Acts); FEMA map appeals/revisions, determining BFEs in A zones; zoning basics; shoreland management basics

Presented by:  DNR Eco/Waters Floodplain staff 

To Register:

Contact Ceil Strauss (ceil.strauss@ or 651-259-5713). (No formal registration forms) 

Please register by 2 days before the workshop. 

Note: Last minute attendees will be welcome, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure adequate handouts and space.