Announcing PEMA Floodplain Mapping Workshop
Throughout the state, PEMA works with local, state, federal, and private partners to deliver training programs and exercises that help us more effectively coordinate our response to the emergency needs of all our communities in times of disaster.
As part of this effort, we have coordinated with global engineering firm Stantec to deliver virtual continuing education courses that will help floodplain management and emergency management professionals better understand how to leverage existing flood hazard data to build community resilience throughout the Commonwealth.
FLOODPLAIN MAPPING WORKSHOP 1 (BASIC)
1.5 hours CFM and 1.5 GISP Continuing Education Credits (CECs)
This course is a broad introduction to floodplain management in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Topics include the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA’s Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program, associated flood studies, and PEMA’s role as a partner to FEMA.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND:
Local government officials who are new to FEMA and floodplain management or those looking to get a refresher about the program. Attendees can also include those in GIS, engineering, planning, and emergency management.
- Tuesday, February 23 at 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
FREE two-day workshop on the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP's) Community Rating System (CRS) for FEMA Region 3!
This is a condensed version of a four-day E0278 in-person course offered at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD.
Dates: Tuesday, March 23rd and Wednesday, March 24th
Times: 9 AM – 4:30 PM each day with a 1 hour lunch break
Location: Virtual platform.
Description: This course covers the Community Rating System (CRS), a nationwide initiative of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It describes activities eligible for credit under the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, how a community applies, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification. This course provides an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System (CRS) and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.
Instructors: ISO Staff
Credits: This workshop has been approved by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) for 12 CECs. Students must participate both days to receive a certificate. There will be periodic knowledge checks to confirm participation.
To register, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AqFepprHQzCwu45fKtiQQA.
Floodplain Ordinance Update Process Walkthough
Floodplain Model Ordinance and Higher Standards Walkthrough
New PrepTalks Added with a Focus on Building Community Resilience:
Neighborfest—Building Resilience from the Block Up — Daniel Homsey
In his PrepTalk, Daniel Homsey shares his tools for building resilient communities at the neighborhood level and why empowering neighbors to help themselves is the best way to prepare your community for any disaster. Daniel Homsey is the Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) for the City Administrator’s Office of the City of San Francisco. The NEN empowers residents to build and steward stronger, more resilient communities.
Using Codes and Standards to Build Resilient Communities — Stuart Tom
In his PrepTalk, Stuart Tom provides an overview of the importance of building codes and how codes and standards are developed. He explains that model codes and standards are adopted and enforced by jurisdictions and he shares how the community can get involved. Mr. Tom is the Fire Marshal for the City of Glendale, California, and a member of the Board of the International Code Council (ICC). He also served as a member of the Los Angeles Uniform Code Program Steering Committee and co-chair of the State Fire Marshal’s Wildfire Ignition ad-hoc committee.