AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Edition June 2009
NFIP Rate and Coverage Changes Announced  
CoCoRaHS Network Now in Arkansas!  
ArcGIS and DFIRM Courses Offered Consecutively  
Lender Flood Insurance Workshop in Arkansas  
NFIP Rate and Coverage Changes Announced

FEMA has released a 69-page bulletin about upcoming changes that take effect October 1, 2009. The bulletin details new coverage, rates, and other changes to the program.

Click here to download a copy of the bulletin.

CoCoRaHS Network Now in Arkansas

CoCoRaHSThe Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network has expanded its program to Arkansas. This is a volunteer effort using low-cost measurement tools and an interactive web site to provide quality data for natural resource and research applications.

Volunteers Wanted           What It's All About

As the state climatologist, Mike Borengasser is coordinating Arkansas' participation in this worthwhile effort. A denser network of rain gauges can help forecast and analyze flooding. Become part of the group collecting and reporting rainfall in your area! Arkansas currently has 102 volunteers after only 2 months into the project. Some recorded nearly 15 inches of rain in May

ArcGIS and DFIRM Courses

ArcGIS and DFIRM Courses Offered Consecutively
The Arkansas GIS Users Forum will hold its 10th biennial meeting in Eureka Springs (October 28-30). Celebrating 20 years of mapping the Natural State, a pre-symposium workshop on October 27 will offer consecutive courses on the subjects of GIS and DFIRM.

The GIS course ($50) is a good introduction and discussion of geodatabases from the ground up, covering the basics as well as the new ArcGIS 9.X capabilities as a database and data storage format.

The DFIRM course ($50) is a 101-style introduction to the basics of FEMA DFIRMs and the wide variety of GIS-based technology available for viewing and interpreting map information.

Attendees of the pre-symposium workshops are not required to register for the entire conference.

Lender Flood Insurance Workshop in Arkansas

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) officials will hold two workshops in Arkansas to help insurance producers, lenders and officials better understand the NFIP. Sponsored in cooperation with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (ANRC), the two workshops will provide attendees with knowledge of how the federal flood insurance program works, dispelling myths about the program while providing facts and information on where to research answers to NFIP questions.

FEMA Flood Program Workshop
Wednesday, July 24 ∙ Arkansas River Room
Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
101 East Capitol Avenue, Suite 350
Little Rock

Session One:
Basic Flood Insurance Course
Cost: $50 per person
Registration: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Seminar: 9:00 a.m. to Noon

Session Two:
NFIP: What Every Lender Needs to Know About Surviving the Mandatory Purchase Requirements
Cost: Free!
Registration: 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Seminar: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hurry! Limited space available for BOTH sessions!

To register, send an email to: Registrant questions can be directed to Tracy Young (913-980-2348).

From the Chair
As if the heat this week isnít enough, gas prices continue to be on the rise and the economy seems like itís going nowhere. Municipal budgets have been cut all over the state and that stormwater masterplan you were hoping for has been put on hold until next year. Whatís a floodplain manager supposed to do?
Regardless of what the economy is doing, federal agencies will continue to update their programs, developing new mitigation requirements that affect the way you do business. Now is the time to study and familiarize yourself with floodplain management best practices.
And your opportunity to do just that is coming up fast. Plans for the AFMA fall conference are about to be finalized and registration for this annual event will soon open. We hope you have made plans to join us this year in Springdale at the Holiday Inn. Itís a great facility at a great price Ė for everyone.
The AFMA conference committee has worked diligently to keep costs for members at a minimum. We recognize money is an issue for everyone and I am pleased to tell you that we are not raising registration fees for the foreseeable future. Among the goals I tasked our conference committee with, future conference locations have been selected at venues with room rates under $100 that still provide value for the membership.
Following the 2008 fall conference, many of you participated in an online survey that asked questions about the organization in general as well as specific questions about the event you had just attended. While overall the input you gave us was positive, for the first time the AFMA board was able to get a grasp on your value perception of what this organization has to offer.
As we begin to wrap-up planning for this yearís event and start to plan ahead for the next couple of years down the road, already the board has taken note of several recommendations made by attendees through the post-conference survey. And weíll do it again this year.
Times are tough. No doubt about it. Together we will move forward as better floodplain managers. In the meantime if there is anything this organization can do to assist with floodplain issues in your community, please donít hesitate to give us a shout.
Jim Narey, CFM
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