The Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) hosts at least one free training per month (usually on the 3rd Thursday based upon staff availability) focusing on one of a great variety of floodplain management topics. These training opportunities are virtual, allowing you to join in from your home/office, without the hassle and expense of travel. Some of the most popular may be offered twice a year.
NeDNR will still provide two in-person workshops each year, the locations will vary by year.
Please sign up to receive training, workshop, updates, and other floodplain management notifications from NeDNR Floodplain Division using the link at the bottom of this page.
If you have specific training needs, please contact Chuck Chase or Elijah Kaufman. For any questions regarding registration, continuing education credit or scheduled classes please contact Michele York.
Upcoming Training Opportunities
Virtual Office Hour: Floodplain Q&A
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT
Join NeDNR floodplain staff for an open discussion, to ask questions, and receive resources regarding floodplain and NFIP topics of your choice! We will welcome all questions from the very basic to the most advanced. Or, feel free to join us to just listen in on topics of interest from others. Possible topics you may consider:
- Permitting floodplain development
- Enforcement of floodplain ordinance
- How to view/use the Interactive Maps
- Flood Insurance
- Grants and funding sources
- Floodplain mapping
Basic Floodplain Administration
Thursday, December 14, 2023
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM CT
Join NeDNR staff for a free and informative 4-hour virtual class on the fundamentals of floodplain management. This class is suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as anyone responsible for local floodplain administration. The class will cover the following topics, and more:
- Floodplain Development Permits and the Permitting Process
- Map Reading
- LOMAs and LOMR-Fs
- Substantial Damage and Improvement
There will be an hour break for lunch. Continuing Education Credits are pre-approved for Certified Floodplain Managers and Nebraska Treasurers of NFIP participating communities. Participation is limited and priority will be given to floodplain administrators.
Future Proposed Training Topics
January, 18, 2024 (Virtual): Permitting with Confidence
February 15, 2024 (Virtual): The No Rise Certificate
February 21-22, 2024 (Broken Bow, NE): Floodplain Administration Workshop and Floodplain Day
Recently Recorded Classes
These and other floodplain management videos can be found on NeDNR’s YouTube page. You may also click on each of the following class titles to find a description of the class and a link to the video recording.
*Certificates of Completion or Continuing Education Credits (CECs) toward the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) or Nebraska Treasurer credentials are available only for those individuals participating in the live virtual training session.
- The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) offers many in-person and online trainings including the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification program.
- FEMA and ASFPM launched a free online NFIP 101: Introduction to Floodplain Management course.
- The Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) offers training designed for emergency management and disaster services team members.
- The Kansas Department of Agriculture Floodplain Division offers many floodplain management training opportunities.
- FEMA offers multiple training programs including:
- Information regarding other trainings/workshops can be found here.
The NEW Elevation Certificate: What Every Floodplain Administrator Needs to Know
The NEW Elevation Certificate: What Every Floodplain Administrator Needs to Know (Recording Coming Soon)
Today, flood risk is determined based on several property-specific factors. These include proximity to a flood source, occupancy type, construction type, number of floors, foundation type, cost to rebuild and flood insurance claims history. The new Elevation Certificate (EC) forms provide this and necessary elevation information to ensure compliance with local, state and federal floodplain management ordinances. This affects property owners who are planning on building from scratch or making significant changes to their structure. An EC, which provides property-specific grade elevations, can indicate flood risk and thereby impact policyholders’ premiums.
A community may require an EC before and after construction. Property owner and/or community requests to update an effective flood map or Flood Insurance Study (FIS) also call for ECs. A Letter of Map Change (LOMC) is necessary to change certain map findings—such as the flood zone, floodplain and floodway delineations, flood elevations and/or two-dimensional features—and an EC must accompany the submission.
On November 9, 2023 NeDNR staff and Martin Koch with FEMA Region 7 presented an informative 2-hour virtual class introducing floodplain administrators to the new EC form released by FEMA earlier in2023. This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as anyone interested in floodplain management.
Substantial Development Estimator (SDE) 3.0 Tool: How to Easily Prepare a Database of At-Risk Properties
The aftermath of a disaster is not a good time to learn about permitting, the floodplain program or Substantial Damage Assessments. On Thursday, September 21, 2023 Chuck Chase and Elijah Kaufman presented an informative 1-hour virtual class on how to easily create a database of at-risk properties before a disaster occurs. The class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as anyone interested in floodplain management. The class covered the following topics, and more:
Review of the free SDE 3.0 Tool for post-disaster support
How to upload multiple properties from the County Assessor
Benefits of the database for your other NFIP responsibilities
Laying the Groundwork for Permitting Non-Structural Development
On July 27, 2023, Elijah Kaufman, CFM, with NeDNR presented a 1-
Mitigation Concepts and Funding
On May 25, 2023 staff members from the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and Nebraska Emergency Management Agency presented an informative 1-hour virtual class “Mitigation Concepts and Funding”. This class was suitable for both notice and seasoned floodplain administrators as well as mitigation project stakeholders. It detailed mitigation measures and funding opportunities available and covered the following topics: mitigation principles, types of mitigation activities, partnership opportunities, mitigation planning, and FEMA funds available (HMGP, BRIC and FMA).
Getting Started with Community Rating System (CRS)
Climate and Your Community
On February 23, 2023, NeDNR was very excited to host Doug Kluck, Central Region Climate Services Director with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Center for Environmental Information for an exciting 1-hour virtual class covering the following topics:
- Nebraska's historical climate variations
- Current climate outlook
- Climate considerations at the community level
- helpful tools for local officials
- Tips for talking about climate
Introducing the Community Assistance Contact and Community Assistance Visit
You never know how well something is working until you inspect it.
On November 17, 2022, Elijah Kaufman, CFM, with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources presented a 1-hour virtual class introducing the concepts of Community Assistance Contacts (CACs) and Community Assistance Visits (CAVs). Communities that participate in the NFIP will soon receive a CAC or CAV to help them identify, prevent and resolve floodplain management issues BEFORE they develop into larger problems. Participants gained an understand of:
- The goals of the NFIP including federal, state, and local roles
- The difference between a CAC and a CAV
- Why CACs and CAVs are important
- What happens during a CAC or CAV
- How you can prepare
- Important definitions, tools, and resources
- What CACs and CAVs may look like in the future
A Beginner's Guide to Floodplains
The class was suitable for floodplain officials, insurance partners, concerned citizens, and anyone who needed a basic understanding of Nebraska floodplains and understanding flood risk. Elijah provided
The Elevation Certificate: What Every Floodplain Administrator Needs to Know
On July 14, 2022 Chuck Chase, CFM, with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources presented a one hour virtual class regarding what Floodplain Administrators need to know about the elevation certificate. He detailed how it is the the Floodplain Administrator, not the Surveyor, who is responsible for ensuring an Elevation Certificate is correct, the most common errors, and the best way for the Floodplain Administrator to properly edit the Elevation Certificate. The class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as any community members that review floodplain development.
Why the State Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan belongs in your Floodplain Toolbox
On May 12, 2022, Adele Phillips, CFM, with the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources presented a one hour virtual class regarding the new draft of the 2022 State of Nebraska Flood Hazard Mitigation Plan and how it can benefit communities.The class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, emergency managers, and any community members responsible for hazard mitigation and planning.Her presentation included the following topics:
- The planning process
- Flood risk across Nebraska
- Flood mitigation actions
- Mitigation and recovery funding resources
- Risk data for your jurisdictions
- An overview of the online tool "National Risk Index for Natural Hazards
Floodplain Development Permitting with Confidence
On December 17, 2020 NeDNR staff presented an informative 1-hour virtual class on the fundamentals of permitting for floodplain management. This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as any community members that review floodplain development permit applications. The class addressed the following topics: NeDNR’s Model Floodplain Development Permit Application, NeDNR’s Floodplain Interactive Map, and when Elevation Certificates are required.
The Letter of Map Change (LOMC): What the Floodplain Administrator Needs to Know
On April 21, 2022, Chuck Chase with Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR) presented a 1 hour virtual class detailing the basics of LOMAs, LOMRs and LOMR-Fs. This included how and when to request a revision or amendment to a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to create changes to flood insurance risk zones, floodplains and/or floodways. This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, clerks, and any community members responsible for local floodplain administration. The following topics were covered:
- An introduction to LOMC: the LOMA, LOMR, and LOMR-F
- LOMA versus LOMR-F
- Requirements for submitting a LOMC
- Uunderstanding the LOMC review process
- Understanding the LOMC review process
- Fees and processing timeframes; and more.
Agricultural and Accessory Structures
On Thursday, February 17, 2022 NeDNR's Elijah Kaufman, CFM, presented a virtual class on how to correctly implement FEMA's agricultural and accessory structures policy issued in 2020. This free class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as any community members responsible for local floodplain administration. The class covered the following topics: an introduction to the concept and definition of FEMA’s Agricultural Structures, permitting agricultural and accessory structures, wet floodproofing requirements, considering and granting variances, and more.
Before and After Disaster Strikes: Substantial Damage 101
On Thursday, January 20, 2022 NeDNR's Elijah Kaufman, CFM, and Adele Phillips, CFM, presented an informative 2 hour virtual class on what to do before and after a disaster strikes in your Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as any community members responsible for local floodplain administration. The class covered the following topics: Pre-disaster preparation actions and planning, informing the public, what to do when a building is damaged, permitting requirements and substantial damage, and more.
Wetlands and Wildlife: Avoiding Environmental Impacts in the Floodplain
On Thursday, December 16, 2021 NeDNR hosted a virtual class for all floodplain administrators and those with interest in natural resource protection. Presenters and topics included:
- Corey King, Wetlands Coordinator with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), presented on NRCS jurisdiction, the typical process for NRCS projects, and Wetlands Protection Policy.
- Jessica Tapp, Environmental Specialist with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC), discussed state-recognized threatened and endangered species, when to use NGPC’s Conservation and Environmental Review Tool, and what types of projects NGPC typically reviews.
- NeDNR’s Adele Phillips, Flood Mitigation Planner, provided an overview of the floodplain development permitting process and other agencies or jurisdictions about which to be aware.
Easy as 1-2-3: How and Why to Update Your Floodplain Ordinance
On June 17, 2021 Chuck Chase, CFM, with NeDNR and Christy Abraham with the League of Nebraska Municipalities presented an informative 1.5-hour virtual class detailing the benefits of adopting an updated floodplain ordinance. This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators, as well as any local community members responsible for local floodplain administration. The class covered the following topics: why the antique floodplain ordinance needs to be updated, making the floodplain ordinance more practical, what needs to be in the floodplain ordinance, and the ordinance adoption process, and more!
Enforcing Your Floodplain Ordinance
On January 21, 2021 NeDNR staff presented an informative 1-hour virtual class on the fundamentals of enforcing floodplain management regulations. This class was suitable for both novice and seasoned floodplain administrators. The class addressed the following topics: collecting evidence of violations, strategies for achieving compliance without legal action, legal tools for enforcing the floodplain ordinance, and enforcement process recommendations.