The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

APA New York Upstate Chapter


Monday, April 23, 2018
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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In this course, AICP members will learn about the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) history, its defining legislation as it has evolved over the past 50 years, and the implementation of the program in local communities. The planning-related educational objective of the course is for planners to understand the minimum requirements of the NFIP in their communities, how those requirements seek to reduce the loss of life and property due to flooding, how these requirements are implemented on the community level, and how to implement higher standards where appropriate. In order to understand the NFIP, planners also need to understand the tools of the NFIP and how they are used, which is why the course covers reading and using NFIP maps, a detailed review of the floodplain management standards for development in floodplains, and discussion topics related to flood insurance, disaster operations as they relate to NFIP requirements, levees, and higher standards.

The course is taught in three sections. Section I covers: The Background of the NFIP, NFIP maps and Zone Designations, 44 CFR 60.3, and Letters of Map Change. Part II covers: Community Participation in the Program, Ordinance Requirements, the Permitting Process, Additional Regulatory Permits, Recourses for Non-Compliance, and Variances. Part III covers Levees, Flood Insurance, Substantial Damage/Improvement, The Community Rating System, Ways Communities can Exceed the Minimum Requirements, and Disaster Operations and Mitigation.


Jen Marcy

Invited Speaker

Jennifer has a BS from Cornell University and 17 years of experience in working with state and local floodplain management authorities, citizens, and FEMA on many aspects of the NFIP. Jen has experience in the implementation of floodplain development regulations on state and community levels; community enrollment in the NFIP ... Read More

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