By Chuck Chase, CFM
Over my 6 months with NDNR, we have heard many requests for training for new floodplain administrators. We know how difficult it can be to suddenly step into this unfamiliar role, laden with additional responsibilities. While NDNR and FEMA offer many training opportunities, they’re only available certain times throughout the year.
We have created a set of resources for all new floodplain administrators that they can utilize whenever needed. The resources include videos, FEMA independent study courses, and other documents that will help you get started. The first set of videos that will be helpful are the NDNR floodplain videos.
The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has produced a set of useful videos on a wide range of floodplain management topics and can be viewed here: http://www.extension.iastate.edu/floodinginiowa/.
All of the resources that will be useful for new floodplain administrators can be found in our Digital Desk Reference in the various Tabs listed. A variety of sample development permits, FEMA forms, and certificates are in Tab 1. Tab 2 contains model ordinances. Tab 3 includes the FEMA Region VII guidance documents on various subjects like accessory buildings and manufactured homes. Tab 5 contains various procedure guidance for local governments. Tab 10 has the official Technical Bulletins that may be important to your floodplain management program.
We keep the Digital Desk Reference updated with the latest information, so be sure to bookmark it and check back when you need resources or documents. However, some specialized documents may not be on the desk reference – if you aren’t sure or need something you don’t see, give us a call. If you have other training needs that we can help with on general or specific topics, contact me with your ideas and we’ll do our best to accommodate!