Registration:                        8:00 – 8:30 am
Morning Session:                8:30 am – 12:15 pm
Lunch (On your own):         12:15 – 1:15 pm
Afternoon Session:             1:15 – 4:30 pm

Understanding Floods, Floodplains and Floodplain Management

   Flood facts and figures
   Causes and types of floods
   Types of floodplains
   Understanding floodways
   Coastal floods and floodplains
   History and development of flood maps, flood insurance and flood plain management
   Role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
   Role of state agencies and local municipalities

Obtaining and Interpreting Flood Maps

   Development of flood maps
      • Understanding FEMA flood zone designations
      • Examining Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
      • Digital flood map implementation policy
      • Flood map modernization
      • Multi-year flood hazard identification plan
   Reading and interpreting flood maps

Federal, State and Local Floodplain Regulation

   Reviewing NFIP regulations
   Understanding permit requirements
   Analyzing encroachments
   Constructing new buildings in A and V zones
   Complying with state regulations

Elevations in the NFIP

   The impact of elevations in the NFIP
   Sources of elevation
   The role of elevation certificates in the NFIP and related technical guidance
   Examining the impact of flood designating and mapping
   Reviewing FEMA flood hazard determinations
   Requesting flood hazard determination review
   Understanding Letters of Map Change (LOMC)

Examining Flood Insurance and Flood-Related Claims

   National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
      • NFIP public/private partnership
   Determining when insurance is required and when it is recommended
   Flood insurance coverage and exclusions
      • Residential and commercial coverage
   Understanding the claims process


Professional Engineers
& Surveyors
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

Floodplain Managers
     6.5 ASFPM CECs

Landscape Architects
& Architects

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     6.5 LA CES HSW PDHs
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers, 6.5 CECs to certified floodplain managers, and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects and architects in most states, including Michigan architects and engineers. Educators and courses are not subject to pre-approval in Michigan.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina, and North Dakota. HalfMoon Education an approved Florida architect continuing education provider and is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers, architects and landscape architects.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Sponsor No. 885) has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSW. Visit  for complete course AIA/CES continuing education information under this seminar listing.

The Landscape Architect Continuing Education System has approved this activity for 6.5 HSW PDHs.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this activity for 6.5 CECs.

This seminar offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any contractor licensing entity with a continuing education requirement.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Karol Grove

Alpine Land Surveying Inc.

Owner of Alpine Land Surveying Inc.
Ms. Grove is a certified floodplain manager and a professional land surveyor, licensed in the State of Michigan since 1993. A graduate of Michigan Technological University she has been the owner of Alpine Land Surveying Inc. which is located in Hartland, Michigan, since 1995. Ms. Grove has served well over 20 years on the State of Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) Board, where she currently serves as director. She has been the chair of the MSPS State Seminar Committee for the past five years. She is also the past chair of the State of Michigan Licensing Board for Surveyors, were she served eight years on both the Surveyors and Engineers Licensing Boards. Active at the National Level, she is an emeritus member of the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), currently serving on the National Exam Committee for Professional Surveyors (EPS) and as a subject matter expert for the national surveyor’s exam. Ms. Grove has chaired the Future City Competition in Michigan for the past five years. She is also very active with the Hydroplane Boat Races every year, serving as co-chair for the past several years for the Gold Cup Races in Detroit, and as the current chair of the Quake on the Lake Races which raises money for the Make a Wish Foundation. For the past five years Ms. Grove has traveled throughout the United States, teaching on the topic of FEMA and flood zones and is currently considered a national expert on the issue.

Ronda Oberlin CFM CEM

Lansing Michigan Office of Emergency Management
Ms. Oberlin is a certified floodplain manager (CFM) and a certified emergency manager (CEM). She has a B.A. degree in Communications and master’s degrees in Emergency Management and Distance Education. During her 18 years with the Lansing Michigan Office of Emergency Management, she has focused on natural hazard mitigation and on risk and crisis communication. Ms. Oberlin was the Michigan Stormwater Floodplain Association’s Floodplain Manager of the Year in 2013. In 2015 she was inducted into the International Women in Homeland Security and Emergency Management (InWEM) Hall of Fame.

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