UPDATED!  Training and Workshops

The Floodplain Management Section of the Natural Resources Division, along with the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) and other organizations, provides training for local Floodplain Administrators.  Act 745 of 2003 requires that each community participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) appoints a Floodplain Administrator who is accredited by the Commission.  Floodplain Administrators are required to attend eight (8) hours of continuing education every 12 months. Communities that fail to ensure that their Floodplain Administrator recieves the required training may be put on probation or suspended from the NFIP program.  

Below is a list and description of training approved for renewal of accreditation.  Other training may be acceptable if it is approved in advance by Commission staff.  

In 2020, the Floodplain Management Section will sponsor three training opportunities:

Details on all three opportunities are provided below.

 

Floodplain Administrator Accreditation Workshops

Click here to download registration form.

The Floodplain Management Section provides 12 one-day workshops across the state each year to help communities and their Floodplain Administrators obtain required training.  All Arkansas communities participating in the National Flood Insurance Program [NFIP] must have  at least one floodplain administrator on staff attend this training. It is suggested that a second staff person also attend, however, it is not required.

These workshops are appropriate for both experienced and new floodplain administrators.  The workshops give local floodplain administrators an opportunity to ask questions and be updated on important activities and changes in floodplain management, the NFIP, new flood maps, and other issues.

The registration form for the workshops can be downloaded HERE A separate form should be used for each person registering for a workshop. 

The workshop dates and locations:

February 25 Little Rock Natural Resources Division [formerly ANRC]
101 East Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock AR 72201
March 3 Garland County Hot Springs
Exact address to be announced soon
March 17 Hempstead County [Tentative] University of Arkansas Community College at Hope
Hempstead Hall
2500 South Main
Hope, AR 71801
March 24 Clark County [Tentative] Henderson State
Caplinger Airway Academic Center
586 North 10th Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71999
April 7 Pope County Russellville
Exact address to be announced soon
April 21 Jackson County [Tentative] Arkansas State University at Newport
Center of the Arts
7648 Victory Blvd
Newport, AR 72112
May 12 Washington County Fayetteville Exact address to be announced soon
May 13 Crawford County [Tentative] Crawford County Department of Emergency Management
1820 Chestnut Street
Van Buren, AR 72956
May 19 Stone County [Tentative] Ozark Folk Center State Park
Skillet Restaraunt
1032 Park Ave
Mountain View, AR 72560
July 8 Craighead County [Tentative] Crowley&'s Ridge Nature Center
600 E Lawson Rd
Jonesboro, AR 72404
July 14 Jefferson County Pine Bluff
Exact address to be announced soon
July 21 Monroe County Clarendon
Exact address to be announced soon

 

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Managing Floodplain Development Through The National Flood Insurance Program (2020)

MARCH 9-12, 2020
Natural Resources Division
101 East Capitol Street, Suite 350
St. Francis Room
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

The Natural Resources Division [formerly Arkansas Natural Resources Commission], with the assistance of the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) and the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will sponsor Managing Floodplain Development through the National Flood Insurance Program, a four (4) day course on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and floodplain management.  The course will be held at the ANRC Offices, March 9-12, 2020. This course provides local communities with the knowledge and skills to help manage development within flood-prone areas.

The course is FREE. However, participants must furnish their own lodging, meals and transportation. Contact the Natural Resources Division [NRD] for a list of nearby hotels. 

Those wishing to attend the course must obtain a FEMA Student Identification Number (SID) and complete the course application form (FEMA Form 119-25-2). For instructions on obtaining the SID, go to http://training.fema.gov/Apply/notice.asp. Once you have completed the form, mail, fax or email the form to Whit Montague at the address below. This course is limited to 30 students, so apply early to reserve your space.

For those interested in becoming a nationally-recognized Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), please visit the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association website for more information at www.arkansasfloods.org/cfm/. A CFM exam will be given on Friday, March 13th, from 1 PM – 4 PM.

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Whit Montague at 501-682-3969 or whitney.montague@arkansas.gov.

Email, fax or mail your course application to:

NFIP Class
Natural Resources Division
101 E. Capitol, Suite 350
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1611
FAX: 501-682-3991
EMAIL

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Introduction to the Community Rating System Program

Introduction to the Community Rating System Program is a two-day course on the Community Rating System (CRS), a nationwide initiative of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The course focuses on how communities can achieve reduced flood insurance premiums for its residents by implementing activities that minimize and mitigate flood risk.

The course reviews activities eligible for credit under the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, how a community applies to the program, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification and obtain greater premium reductions.

This course is being presented by the Office of the Arkansas State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) with the support of the Arkansas Floodplain Management Association (AFMA) and the Oklahoma Floodplain Management Association (OFMA).

The course is FREE. However, participants must furnish their own lodging, meals and transportation. Please call the Hampton Inn at 479-452-2000 to make your reservation.  Reservations may also be made online at https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/fsmarhx-hampton-fort-smith/?SEO_id=GMB-HP-FSMARHX.

AFMA will provide 12 continuing education credits applicable towards the continuing education requirement for Arkansas Certified Floodplain Managers. This course will also satisfy the annual floodplain administrator continuing education requirement for Arkansas NFIP communities. 

If you need assistance or have any questions, please contact Shelby Schmittou or Whit Montague at 501-682-1611 or arstatenfip@gmail.com.  The course registration form can be downloaded HERE.*

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAXIMUM CAPACITY FOR THE CLASS IS 40.  SEATS WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

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