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Online NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management

Want to learn floodplain management basics? Don’t have the ability to attend a four-day training? Maybe you just want to brush up on one or two floodplain management topics?
In partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), FEMA’s Floodplain Management Division is thrilled to announce that our new online, self-paced course NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management is live! The course is free and available to the general public. You may start, stop, and return to the course as your schedule permits, and you may take it as many times as you’d like. ASFPM is hosting the course and you can find it on their Training and Knowledge page under the “On-Demand Learning” heading, or link to NFIP101 (

Two Ways to Use the Course:
Obtain a certificate of completion from FEMA’s Floodplain Management Division as well as 12 continuing education credits from ASFPM, both of which are earned after completing the course and passing the final exam.

As a reference guide on fundamental floodplain management concepts. No need to take the course all over again, just jump to the Chapter or Section you need a refresher on.

This course is intended for those just beginning a career in floodplain management.
It provides:

Local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal officials with the knowledge and skills to administer and enforce floodplain management regulations;

New floodplain administrators with information and communication techniques to explain the impact of floodplain management decisions on insurance, public safety, and health; and

An overview of NFIP minimum floodplain management regulations based on the types of flood hazards identified as well as Substantial Improvement (SI) and Substantial Damage (SD), and describes the use of a permitting process as a floodplain management oversight and compliance tool.

While the content of this course is congruent with EMI’s EL-0273: Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP, successful completion of this course does not confer credit from EMI. Interested parties should visit  to inquire about in-person E-273 courses or reach out to their State Coordinators to inquire about the locally offered, in-person L-273 course. However, students need not choose between the in-person, classroom experience versus the online course. Both are useful, and can meet differing scheduling/topic needs.


FEMA Substantial Damage Estimator Training Modules

When structures within the floodplain are damaged, NFIP communities have a responsibility to assess impacts before repairs can be made, no matter the cause of the damage. If the repair cost is 50% or more of the structure’s market value, the structure must be protected from future flood damages using the community’s local floodplain management standards (i.e. Flood Ordinance). Rebuilding to current standards decreases risk to life and property, and prevents future disaster suffering.

To help floodplain managers and other local officials with implementing these Substantial Damage reviews, FEMA has put together a set of training videos (modules) that walk you through the process. Some examples of the modules include SD Basics, Using the SDE Tool, Residential vs. Non-Residential SDEs, Field Inspections, and more.

Watch the Substantial Damage Estimator Trainings HERE.

Hazard Mitigation Planning and Water Resource Management Module

We are excited to announce that the Watershed Academy’s new Hazard Mitigation Planning and Water Resource Management Module is now available.  

This module is intended for water quality and hazard mitigation professionals that are interested in integrating water quality issues and/or nature-based solutions into state or local Hazard Mitigation Plans (HMPs), and highlights the benefits of working across water quality and hazard mitigation programs. Modules in this series can be used as training tools to help planners from both worlds explore activities of mutual interest and benefit. Case studies and examples are provided to assist hazard mitigation planners with integrating water resource programs into HMPs and help watershed planners understand the synergies between water resource plans and HMPs.

Visit  to begin the course!

FEMA Releases New Independent Study Course:
Preparing the Nation for Space Weather Events

Space weather – winds and magnetic waves that move through space – can sometimes reach Earth or Earth’s upper atmosphere. When this happens, space weather can adversely affect critical technological systems like satellite-based positioning and navigation, high frequency radio communications, and the electric power grid.

Much of the space weather that reaches Earth is generated by our sun, which goes through solar cycles that are about 11 years long. Each cycle is marked by a solar maximum and a solar minimum. At the solar maximum, the sun’s activity peaks and sun’s magnetic poles reverse. This peak can be measured by the number of sun spots observed on the sun’s surface. This is followed by a solar minimum when the sun is least active, which marks the beginning of the next solar cycle.

We are now in Solar Cycle 25 with the next solar maximum expected in 2025. In 2019, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) initially predicted that Solar Cycle 25 would have average activity. However, since this prediction was made, the Sun has been more active than anticipated, and with more solar activity comes an increased likelihood of disruptive space weather events on Earth, like radio blackouts, geomagnetic storms, or solar radiation storms.

Since space weather has the potential to significantly disrupt critical infrastructure, emergency preparedness for space weather events is important. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) recently launched a new online course: IS-66: Preparing the Nation for Space Weather Events.

This 2-hour independent study course is appropriate for emergency managers at all levels. It covers:

  • The types of events that present potential dangers.
  • The types of systems that may experience disruptions.
  • Case studies with examples of historical space weather events and their impacts.
  • Information on the activities and analysis that go into developing and producing Space Weather Forecast products.

The course builds on FEMA’s 2019 Federal Operating Concept for Impending Space Weather Events, a 65-page guide supporting the National Space Weather Strategy and Action Plan, which was released by the White House in 2019. The 2019 FEMA guide is intended to be used in the development of operational plans to prepare for, protect against, and mitigate the effects of impending space weather events.

After completing this course, emergency managers will better understand how to identify risks to their organization, implement mitigation actions and develop contingency operating plans in the event of a disruptive space weather event.

To learn more and to take the course, visit the course page on EMI’s website.



Watch and Learn: Incorporating Future Conditions in Mitigation Plans

Watch the training webinar, “Investing in Our Future, Planning Now: Addressing Future Climate, Population and Land Use in Mitigation Planning.”

As the frequency and intensity of natural disaster events increase, it is important to account for future conditions when developing a hazard mitigation plan for approval.  Future conditions include the impacts of a changing climate, the built environment and changes in population and land use.  It’s crucial to recognize how these conditions will impact people, including those who are disproportionately impacted by natural disasters and underserved in the resources they receive to recover.

The webinar provides ideas, resources and examples of how to integrate future conditions information into the hazard mitigation planning process to increase overall resilience.  The intended audience for this training is state, local, tribal and territorial governments and other private sector and non-government partners involved in developing hazard mitigation plans.

Watch the one-hour 15-minute training on FEMA’s YouTube channel.


Basically CDBG Online Curriculum 

Whether you are new to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program or just need a refresher on key topics, this new online training curriculum is for you!

This Basically CDBG Online curriculum provides a suite of information and tools to help CDBG grantees understand basic CDBG requirements and drill down into more nuanced issues related to the administration and implementation of the program.



Tapping into Federal Funding:  Leveraging HUD Loans for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investments

Webinar and Materials are now posted on the Leveraging HUD Loans for Innovative Water Infrastructure Investments Webinar page.

Part of WaterNow’s ongoing Tap into Resilience series, this webinar explored how local leaders can leverage HUD loans for innovative water infrastructure investments.  WaterNow’s Tap into Resilience initiative provides water leaders the resources they need to invest in affordable, climate resilient solutions to meet a broad range of water management challenges.

This webinar featured one of these investment options – HUD’s Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program.  This federal loan program can be used to address community resilience projects aimed at benefiting low- and moderate-income communities and for organizations looking to improve water systems.  Eligible projects include waterfront fortification, green infrastructure improvements, and water infrastructure improvements.


  • Seema Thomas, Deputy Director, Financial Management Division, HUD
  • Erik Pechuekonis, CPD Specialist, HUD Representative from Mount Vernon, WA
  • Marty Dubroff, CPD Specialist, HUD
  • Esco Bell, Public Works Director, City of Mount Vernon, WA
  • Caroline Koch, Water Policy Director, WaterNow Alliance


Using Land Use and Building Codes to Increase Resilience Webinar

Combining land use planning and development decisions with strong building codes can reduce vulnerabilities to buildings and infrastructure as well as save lives. 

Have you considered why your community and its buildings looks the way it does?  It’s because of plans, policies, and regulations that govern where (guided by land use planning) and how (guided by building codes) we build.  This webinar outlines the essential role that land use planning and building codes play in reducing disaster risk.

Watch the webinarWhere and How We Build: Using Land Use and Building Codes to Increase Resilience.


Affordable Resilience in the Built Environment

US building codes remain fragmented with no federal standards.  States can voluntarily adopt model codes, whenever and with whatever edits they wish.  These codes are generally set at life safety ‘escape’, rather than asset preservation ‘resilience’ levels. 

This webinar from Florida International University’s Institute for Resilient and Sustainable Coastal Infrastructure examines resilience affordability and explains why high resilience has the lowest cost to society.


HEC-HMS USACE HH&C CoP Webinar Series

The USACE Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC) is hosting quarterly demonstration webinars about the HEC-HMS model.  Webinars are recorded and posted on the USACE Hydrologic Engineering Center’s website.


FEMA Offers Virtual Public Assistance Training

FEMA is making it easier for state, local government partners to create accounts and apply for Public Assistance.  To help familiarize partners with these changes, there are now remote training tools available, including 17 YouTube videos, daily webinars and 28 independent study courses online.

The videos help guide viewers through how to establish an account, file a Request for Public Assistance, submit streamlined applications and follow other steps in the application process.

The independent study courses, hosted by the Emergency Management Institute, provide an overview to the program, application process and the Grants Portal platform.


Free Independent Study Programs Available Online

NFIP Training courses for Agents, Claims Adjusters, Surveyors, and Community Officials have moved online to the Independent Study Program at the FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI).  Training courses are free and open to anyone.  To learn more about EMI, go to

For a complete list of courses, download the independent Study brochure or link to


URA the HUD Way – New Training Module Available

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For all projects that receive federal funding for the acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition of real property, Uniform Relocation Assistance (URA) provides important protections and assistance for people affected by those activities.

This training describes the URA minimum standards for all federally-funded projects that acquire property or displace persons from their homes, businesses, or farms.  Modules 1 and 2 are intended to provide a basic overview of the topics.  Modules 3 through 8 provide greater technical training on the topics.

Note: Not all modules are currently available but will be announced in the coming months.

  • Not familiar with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970, as amended (URA)?
  • New to administering HUD funded projects?
  • Want to improve your URA knowledge?

Available Modules


Module 1: URA Overview

This module provides a basic overview of URA requirements for HUD programs and projects.  It provides a brief history on the URA’s purpose and objectives, URA highlights, and helpful information for users to recognize when HUD funded projects may be subject to URA requirements.


Module 7: Temporary Relocation

Temporary relocation due to acquisition, rehabilitation, or demolition for a federally-funded project is subject to the URA.





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