Training Opportunities



New Resources for Green Infrastructure Stormwater Management in Parks and Public Lands

March 15, 2018, 3:00-4:00pm EDT

The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) in collaboration with the American Planning Association (APA) and the Low Impact Development Center (LIDC) has produced a new suite of resources on green infrastructure stormwater management in parks including a resources guide, briefing papers and case studies.  This webinar will focus on how to plan, finance, implement, and maintain green stormwater management projects in parks and other public lands, especially projects that are designed to engage and benefit underserved communities.  Robert Goo of EPA, David Rouse of APA, and Emily Clifton of LIDC are presenting.  If you are contemplating a green infrastructure project in parks or on other public land, this webinar and the new downloadable resources will be invaluable to you.

Registration is free, but you must create a (free) NRPA account to login and proceed to the webinar details.  

Registration link  If you have already participated in an NRPA webinar, just logon and register.  This is another in the series of webinars of the Great Urban Parks Campaign.  For more information, visit


Ideas to Action: Vacant Land Reuse Project Design, Planning, and Implementation

Thursday, March 22, 2018

12:00-1:00 pm EST

Vacancy challenges are not only about empty houses, but also about empty lots.  Swaths of vacant land from large-scale demolition of residential or industrial buildings, and streets pockmarked with vacant lots where houses once stood, can perpetuate a downward cycle of disinvestment.  Vacant land reuse can catalyze inclusive, sustainable, and comprehensive neighborhood stabilization and revitalization while serving as a canvas to engage and empower residents, community based organizations, and city governments.  This webinar introduces a wide range of potential vacant land “treatments” or designs – ranging from passive to active, art to infrastructure, agriculture to recycling, and standalone to comprehensive – and gives participants an introduction to strategic approaches to vacant land reuse planning and implementation.

Instructor: Janell O’Keefe, Program Officer – Michigan Initiatives, Center for Community Progress
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Teaming Up for Urban Forestry: New Tools to Build and Energize Local Sustainability Efforts

March 27, 1-2:30 pm EDT

Join this live webinar that explores the resources available to help policymakers and municipal executives make decisions about the future of their community’s forests, and to learn how urban forestry can help drive progress toward Smart Growth and sustainability goals.

The webinar features Laurence D. Wiseman of CenterLine Strategy and the founding president and CEO of American Forest Foundation, Ian Leahy of American Forests and Lauren Marshall of the U.S. Forest Service. 

Participants of the live webinar are eligible for 1.5 AICP CM credits. 

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Soak Up the Rain New England Webinar Series

Stormwater Standards for the Future: Environmental and Financial Benefits of Adopting Local Stormwater Regulations”

 Wednesday, March 28, 1:00 –2:00 PM 

This webinar will highlight an innovative approach to modelling stormwater pollution load reductions to demonstrate cost effective, environmental benefits achieved from implementing model stormwater standards in New Hampshire communities.  As part of an EPA Pollution Prevention grant, the University of New Hampshire (UNH) Stormwater Center worked with Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), the Stratford and Rockingham Regional Planning Commissions, the Southeast Watershed Alliance and the Piscataqua Regional Estuaries Partnership (PREP) to help towns understand the environmental benefits of adopting local stormwater standards including Green Infrastructure.  The webinar will showcase modeling approaches, potential pollutant load reductions expected, and share model ordinance language which can be replicated in other interested communities to achieve water quality results.  Several communities in the Piscataqua Region watershed are beginning to adopt full or partial components of the model stormwater standards to improve local water quality.

 Presenters include:  Jamie Houle, University of New Hampshire (UNH) Stormwater Center; and Abigail Lyon, Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP)

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Local Ordinances: The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

12:00-1:00 pm EST

A code enforcement department is only as good as the regulatory tools it has on the books and the systems that are in place to use those tools.  Many ordinances have been on the books for years and do not reflect up-to-date state law.  Others may or may not be appropriate for current neighborhood conditions.  In other cases, the ordinances on the books are well-crafted, but aren’t wielded as strategically as they could be.  It isn’t always clear how to analyze the existing regulatory framework or where to look for best practices to implement.  This webinar is an opportunity to take a step back and explore what makes a code enforcement ordinance equitable, efficient, and effective.  Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the components of effective and ineffective local code enforcement ordinances and explore examples from other cities of ordinances that work well and those that haven’t.  At the end of this webinar, participants will be better equipped to undertake an analysis of their own local ordinances, with a clearer sense of what best practices to consider in shaping (or re-shaping) their regulatory framework.

Instructor: Matthew Kreis, Assistant General Counsel, Center for Community Progress. 

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Online Webinar Series Focuses on Procurements Under Disaster Grants

June 2017

FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel (OCC) recently published an eight-part webinar series on the FEMA website offering detailed information for recipients and sub-recipients of FEMA disaster grants as they navigate the federal procurement process. The video modules were produced by OCC’s Procurement Disaster Assistance Team (PDAT), and are not intended to be a substitute for legal advice or live procurement under grants training.  The webinars describe procurement standards under the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (also known as the “Uniform Rules”), (2 C.F.R. §§ 200.317-.326).

FEMA recommends watching the webinars in sequential order.  Topics discussed include, in part; the roles of federal and non-federal entities in the procurement under grants process; rules applicable to states, including state agencies; rules applicable to local governments, tribes, and nonprofits, sometimes collectively referred to as non-Federal Entities (NFEs); competition and procurement methods that apply to NFEs; socioeconomic contracting; pre-procurement document review and bonding requirements for NFEs; procurement of recovered materials or required contract provisions; and the differences between the current procurement standards and previous procurement standards.

The webinars may be useful for FEMA stakeholders in the public, private, tribal, or non-profit sectors or any other emergency management personnel working on procurements under grants.  Please visit to watch the webinar series and learn more about important procurement legal standards under FEMA disaster grants.

A disaster could happen any minute — is your local government prepared to submit required reports to FEMA?  Or will your team waste hundreds of hours scrambling to provide FEMA with activity plans, time records, material usage, and photos for reimbursement?


Cost Estimating Principles for HMA Applications

In May 2017, FEMA’s HMA Division held a webinar to share cost estimating principles for HMA applications.  Presenters provided general principles for reviewing cost estimates for HMA projects, a process for determining “reasonable costs” as part of the grant application review, and resources where you can get more detailed information and examples.  View the webinar and download the presentation.  


2018 CRS Webinars

The webinars are one-hour topical webinars are on the calendar, and others will be scheduled.  All classes 1:00 pm Eastern.  Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.  The CRS offers webinars to help communities understand and meet their CRS requirements.  Many will be recorded, so they can be accessed later.  Registration is free, but required, as space is limited.  Some courses provide continuing education credits for Certified Floodplain Managers (CFMs).  See

To register for any of the free webinars, link to WebEx Meetings and Training Center.  For more on the CRS webinars, go to If you have questions about or suggestions for the CRS Webinar Series, contact


2018 WebEx Webinars

WebEx seminars focus on several different topics, including NFIP Basics, Elevation Certificates, Floodplain Management and the CRS program.  The webinars are free and most are only 1 hour long.  

To register for any of the free webinars, link to WebEx Meetings and Training Center.


ASFPM Webinars

For a full list of upcoming ASFPM webinars, check out the ASFPM Webinar Page.



Building Code Resources

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NFIP Online Training

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Emergency Management Institute (EMI) 2018 Training

EMI is the best-kept-secret, and you need to add them to your radar as the nation’s best training opportunity. Their program includes reimbursement for flights and lodging for state and local officials when attending on their Maryland campus. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course.  Link to the upcoming 2018 courses below:

To learn more about EMI, go to

2018 Floodplain Management/Mitigation Courses 

  • March 26 – 29, 2018 – E0278 NFIP/Community Rating System
  • March 26 – 29, 2018 – E0176 Hazus-MH for Floodplain Managers
  • April 2 – 5, 2018 – E0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers
  • April 30 – May 3, 2018 – E0212 HMA: Developing Quality Application Elements
  • April 30 – May 3, 2018 – E0241 Cooperating Technical Partners: Special Topics
  • May 7 – 10, 2018 E0273 – Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP
  • May 14 – 17, 2018 E0279 – Retrofitting Floodprone Residential Buildings
  • June 25 – 28, 2018 – E0278 NFIP/Community Rating System
  • June 25 – 26, 2018 – E0213 HMA: Application Review and Evaluation
  • June 27 – 28, 2018 – E0214 HMA: Project Implementation & Program Closeout
  • July 9 – 12, 2018 – E0194 Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts
  1. NFIP Floodplain Rules and Regulations in Depth (1 day).
  2. LOMC – Procedures for Applying and FPM Implications (1 day).
  3. Roles and Responsibilities of the Local Floodplain Manager (1 day).
  4. Preparing for Post-Disaster Responsibilities (1 day).
  • July 30 – Aug 2, 2018 – E0282 Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts II
  1. Higher Standards in Floodplain Management (1 day).
  2. Manufactured Homes and RV’s in the Floodplain (1 day).
  3. NFIP Flood Insurance Principles for the Floodplain Manager (1 day).
  4. Hydrology and Hydraulics for the FPM (1 day).
  • August 13 – 16, 2018 – E0386 Residential Coastal Construction
  • August 27 – 30, 2018 – E0273 Managing Floodplain Development thru the NFIP


Free Online Flood Insurance Courses

The NFIP offers free online courses covering basic and advanced flood insurance topics through the FEMA Emergency Management Institute’s Independent Study Program. Visit the NFIP Training pages for agents or claims adjusters for course details, or view the Independent Study Program catalog.


Other Training Opportunities 

Follow the links…


FEMA Professional Development Series (PDA)

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)


Kentucky Specific 

Kentucky Community Crisis Response Board (KCCRB)

Kentucky Emergency Management Association (KEMA)

Northern Kentucky Specific Training


Private Sector  More Tools and Information

The private sector is a vital part of the emergency management team. The nation’s vast network of business, industry, academia, trade associations, and other non-governmental organizations as equal – and equally responsible – partners in every phase from preparedness to response and recovery to mitigation. FEMA has worked steadily to increase the level of private sector collaboration at all levels.

FEMA’s dedicated portal provides private sector resources and information covering the whole emergency management cycle. Link to











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