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FEMA's Flood Insurance Study Report (FIS) - Understanding and Utilizing This ResourceNJ PLS Board Approved Course

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S.

FEMA’s Flood Insurance Study Reports (FISs) are often consulted by people working in numerous professions and disciplines, and Flood Insurance Studies can be the “next step” after using a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM). You don’t have to be a hydrologist to benefit from the data available in the FIS.

This course tutorial, in concert with its quiz, offers an opportunity to users of FIRMs (a.k.a. “Flood Maps”), to extend their investigations to include a review of the FIS. FIRMs can be understood by almost anybody, once the tutorial produced by FEMA is studied and FEMA’s terms have been learned. (FIRMs are the subject of another course prepared by this instructor, and that course is recommended for study prior to this course – unless you have a firm grasp of FIRMs already.)

The tutorial on FISs, like the one on FIRMs, introduces many terms and abbreviations that often confuse a new user. The tutorial’s glossary is a great tool in this regard. Those seeking to identify a precise Base Flood Elevation for a property in a floodplain will find that the FIS allows a more precise solution that’s not available from the FIRM’s data alone. For the person who’s studied hydrology, the reports are quite detailed. But even the average land surveyor (someone like me) will easily master the uses of the FISs most suited to this profession.

This course is recommended for land surveyors, engineers, planners, architects and anyone needing to make more precise determinations of Base Flood Elevations or who may need to (or wish to) better understand what’s behind FEMA’s flood mapping.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

This PDH online course is approved by NJ LS Board.

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