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FEMA’s Flood Maps (FIRM) - Understanding and Utilizing This Resource (Live Webinar) PE & PLS

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S. (Inactive)

FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) provide data that engineers, surveyors, architects, planners and others use to satisfy the need for flood zone statements and certifications on plans, reports and other documents. These certifications are taken as professional/expert, final, definite, exact, declarative statements of indisputable fact. Yet, the source data (FIRMs) are often inaccurate as to scale, notoriously lacking in detail and just plain old.

Clients frequently request that we state or certify to the “flood zone” or “flood elevation” for a particular property or building located on a parcel of land. Too often professionals consult FEMA’s resources, not quite knowing their limitations, and then provide statements and certifications that lack prudent qualification or sufficient explanation. Many who’ve used FIRMs for years get nervous when consulting this resource and making such certifications or notes on sealed plans. Such feelings are probably an intuitive caution worth exploring.

This course clarifies the FIRMs’ many terms and abbreviations that can be confusing. It promotes a better understanding of both appropriate uses and limitations of Flood Maps and explains the relationship of FIRMs to Flood Insurance Studies (FISs); it explores how “floodways” and Flood Insurance Studies relate to FIRMs. The course includes an in-depth review of FEMA's flood map tutorial in its entirety, plus other resources, illustrations and sample disclaimer statements and notes.

This course is appropriate for new FIRM users and serves as a refresher for experienced users. The course format will encourage the sharing of comments, experiences, and knowledge from participants.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials. All quiz questions are reviewed during the webinar. You are guaranteed to pass this quiz.

Note to Webinar Attendees:

Our live webinars (web seminars) are considered as "Courses of Learning" (live courses) by the New York State Board for Engineering and Land Surveying and as "Timed & Monitored Courses" by the Ohio State Board for Professional Engineers and Surveyors. Unlike the traditional seminars held in a classroom setting, our webinars deliver live instruction to your home or office. You will be able to interact directly with our instructor during a webinar through audio channel or chat box. However, you must attend the webinar at a scheduled date and time. We will verify your attendance through our online webinar platform. The certificate of completion will not be issued unless you attend the webinar and pass a quiz (all quiz questions will be reviewed during the webinar). Thank you for your cooperation.

Next Scheduled Webinar for PDH Course L129W
Date and Time† Location Registration Deadline
Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM, ET
The webinar starting time.
* A webinar reminder with instruction on how to access our webinar platform will be emailed to you approximately 12 hours before the event.
† Special training arrangement can be made for 4 or more participants as a self-organized group. Please contact us for available training dates.

Note: This course requires users to pay first before viewing the course content.

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