A Two-Day Webinar Series!
Flood Insurance Rate Maps, Flood Insurance Studies, and Letters of Map Change
Monday, May 11, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. CDT (incl. 15min. break)

   History and types of flood maps

      • Levels of detail

      • Flood zones

      • Flood mapping planning and needs

   Reading and interpreting flood maps

      • Map panel and index information

      • Map features

   Flood insurance studies

      • Purpose and contents

      • Floodway data table

      • Stream profiles

   Obtaining and using flood maps

   Map determinations

   Letters of Map Change

      • Introduction to and purpose of LOMCs

      • Letters of Map Amendment

      • Letters of Map Revision based on Fill

      • Letters of Map Revision

National Flood Insurance Program and
International Building Codes: Development Standards for Floodplain
Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 11:00 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. CDT (incl. 15min. break)

   Types of floods and floodplains

   Introduction to FEMA’s Floodplain Regulatory Staircase: 44CFR60.3

   Introduction to the International Building Code and relationship to FEMA regulations

   Key terms and concepts

      • Flood zones

      • Lowest floor

      • Basement

      • Utilities

      • Areas below the lowest floor

   Ways to elevate


   Base flood elevations, design flood elevations, and freeboard

   Flood zones that do not have flood elevations

   Substantial improvement and substantial damage


   Manufactured homes

   Recreational vehicles

   Historic structures


   Summary of recent code changes

Webinar Instructions

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     6.0 HSW CE Hours
     6.0 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers 
     6.0 PDHs

Landscape Architects 
     6.0 HSW CE Hours
     6.0 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers 



Continuing Education Credit Information

HalfMoon Education Certifying Entities:
   American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (No. J885)
   International Code Council (No. 1232)
   Landscape Architect Continuing Education System
   American Institute of Certified Planners (APA)
   Boards of Engineering: Florida (No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), 
     Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), North Carolina (No. S-0130), 
     and North Dakota.
   Course-by-Course Providers: Association of State Floodplain Managers


HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). NY landscape architects: §79-1.5(i)(2).


William Nechamen CFM

Principal and Owner of Nechamen Consulting, LLC
Mr. Nechamen was the Floodplain Coordinator for the State of New York Department of Environmental Conservation for 21 years. During that period, he helped to promote higher floodplain standards in New York, including enacting a two foot “freeboard” requirement in New York’s building code, saving property owners millions of dollars in flood losses and flood insurance premiums.

One of the founders of the New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NYSFSMA), a professional association with over 500 active members, Mr. Nechamen was their first Chair and currently serves the Association as its treasurer and membership coordinator.

Mr. Nechamen has been a Board member of the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) at various times for 13 years. ASFPM represents over 15,000 professionals across the United States and internationally and is a key national voice in policies designed to reduce flood risk while preserving the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. Mr. Nechamen served as chair (2013-2015), vice-chair (2011-2013) and treasurer (2008-2010) and is currently co-chair of the Floodplain Regulations Committee as well as an active Board member. He has received the ASFPM Meritorious Lifetime Achievement in Floodplain Management Award.

In his capacity as Floodplain Coordinator, Mr. Nechamen has led workshops and training sessions on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), floodplain management and regulations, understanding and interpreting flood maps, flood insurance and the Community Rating System.