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Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012 (BW-12) - Training Sessions
FEMA Region IX is hosting a series of BW-12 training sessions to prepare stakeholders for changes to the way the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is administered as a result of the Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. 
These sessions are geared for insurance agents, lenders, realtors, appraisers, floodplain managers, and community officials. 
In these trainings, participants will learn how to:
  • Prepare for the inevitable questions from residents and policy holders on upcoming rate changes
  • Learn the difference between Section 205 and 207 changes and their respective timelines
  • Use FEMA’s interactive map and spreadsheet of NFIP subsidized policies by state, county, and community to help better understand the potential impact of Section 205 at the local level.
The slide deck for these trainings can be downloaded here.  The following resources will be referenced in this trainings:
There are no upcoming dates for these trainings at this time.  If your community would like to request a training session in your area, please contact Edie Lohmann at
Previous trainings were conducted in November 2013, January 2014, February 2014, and March 2014 as follows:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
1:30 to 2:30 pm PST
Webinar for the State of Nevada
See the presentation here.

Monday, February 24, 2014
9:00 to 10:00 am PST
Webinar for the State of Arizona
See the presentation here.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
9:30 to 10:30 am PST
Webinar for the State of California
See the presentation here.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
2:00 to 3:00 pm PST
Webinar for Region IX California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project
See the presentation here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
1:00 to 2:30 pm
Bryan Building
Tahoe Conference Room - Second Floor
901 South Stewart Street
Carson City, NV 89701
Contact: Rob Palmer / 775-684-2847 /
See flyer here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014
10:00 - 11:30 am
Veterans Hall
1425 Veterans Memorial Circle
Yuba City, CA  95993
Contact:  Dan Peterson / 530-822-7450 /
See flyer here.

Friday, January 24, 2014 
10:00 - 11:30 am
Clark County Regional Flood Control District 
First Floor, Meeting Room 108
600 Grand Central Parkway
Las Vegas, NV  89106
Contact:  Andrew Trelease / 702-685-0000 /
See flyer here.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
9:00 to 10:30 am
Orange County Public Works
300 N. Flower Street
Santa Ana, CA  92702-4048
Conference Room B-10 (Basement)
Thursday, November 21, 2013
1:00 to 2:30 pm
San Diego County Public Works
5500 Overland Avenue
San Diego, CA  92123
Conference Room 120 (First Floor)
Monday, November 25, 2013
10:00 to 11:30 am
Flood Control District of Maricopa County
2801 Durango Street
Phoenix, AZ  85009
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
10:00 to 11:30 am
Pima County Regional Flood Control Office
97 E. Congress St., 3rd Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Watershed University
Where: City of West Sacramento, Yolo County
When: August 13 - 14, 2013
What: Curriculum focused on the National Flood Insurance (NFIP) programs, tools and resources to keep you  current with FEMA’s mapping and flood risk management efforts.  The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA’s) Hazard Mitigation Planning (HMP) grant programs will be discussed at length.  Day two will feature an opportunity to roll up your sleeves and work on your HMP with support from Cal EMA and FEMA staff.
Instructors: Content will be delivered by staff from Region 9’s FEMA and consultants, as well as California Department of Water Resources (CA DWR) and Cal EMA staff.
Who should attend: Local community officials, especially planning staff, engineers, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) staff, and emergency services staff who are interested in FEMA’s flood mapping efforts, flood risk management, digital GIS-data and an introduction to other valuable resources to address your floodplain questions.
* There is no cost for attendance, 12 core Continuing Education Credits (CECs) for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) and 7.25 CM credits for AICP Certified Planners will be given for full attendance. Transportation and lodging are the responsibility of the attendee.  Participants interested in receiving CECs for attendance need to complete this CEC form (PDF).  Detailed information about CEC maintenance is available on the  Association of State Floodplain Managers page here.

E172 Hazus-MH for Flood

This course provides in-depth instruction and hands-on exercises that develop the skills needed to effectively use Hazus-MH for modeling the impacts on communities from riverine and coastal flooding.  The focus of the course is on the processes that are used to define a flood hazard and to generate social and economic loss estimations.  The course also provides a review of the methodologies used to compile the extensive out-of-the-box inventory that is provided with Hazus and it provides an introduction to the techniques for updating the inventory, which is largely composed of best available national data sources, with more accurate aggregate and site specific local data. 

Participants will become familiar with the many options that Hazus-MH provides for generating a flood depth grid.  These range from having Hazus-MH define a flood hazard with limited data to providing Hazus-MH with detailed information about a flood hazard produced by other modeling tools or obtained from sources such as the products generated by the FEMA Map Modernization Program.  Following discussion of the hazard development process, the course will explore mechanisms used to analyze losses as well as the multitude of maps, tables, and reports that Hazus-MH generates with a focus on how to interpret the wealth of information provided in these outputs.  Finally, students will be provided with an opportunity to complete a group exercise that enables them to apply the valuable skills learned in the class.

This training is designed for FEMA's Cooperating Technical Partners. The next scheduled session will take place in spring 2013 at the Santa Clara Valley Water District.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must complete the "Basic Hazus-MH" course and have skills equivalent to those taught in the "ArcGIS for Emergency Managers" course.

To learn more about other training and coursework opportunities, visit the following links:
Arizona Floodplain Management Association – Events Calendar

California Department of Water Resources – NFIP Training

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute – Courses & Schedule

Floodplain Management Association (CA, NV, and HI) - Professional Development Information

Nevada, Department of Conservation & Natural Resources – Training Calendar

 Hazus Podcasts

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 The ASFPM Events

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 2012 CRS Manual

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