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Floodplain Management 101

This course covers the basics of floodplain management, including FPA duties and permitting. This is an excellent course for the beginning floodplain administrator (FPA) and community officials looking to better understand the role of the FPA. Information is available in our Guidebook. Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

Advanced Workshops

The following courses go beyond the basics of floodplain management to strengthen the skills of floodplain managers and community officials.

Understanding LOMCs/Disaster Awareness Exercise

This advanced course covers the administration and implementation of a community’s floodplain management program with an emphasis on submitting a LOMA, LOMR, LOMR-F, CLOMR, and CLOMR-F. This workshop includes a flood disaster awareness exercise that looks at the responsibilities of a city, a town, and a county prior to, during, and after a flooding event.

Participants may also refer to the following online tutorials:

Introduction to Surveying

This advanced course covers basic survey skills, finished floor elevations, high water mark (HWM) elevations and application, gathering HWM data, understanding elevation certificates, and HAG & LAG elevations. Includes a half day in the field observing survey practices.

Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) Software Training

This advanced training is provided by FEMA. Their new tool is extremely helpful to FPAs in meeting the SD determination requirement after a flooding event. Student will be required to bring a laptop (not a tablet) for class instruction. Software will be provided.

Introduction to GIS for Floodplain Managers/BLE Viewer

This advanced course covers basic GIS mapping techniques & training for local communities; High Water Mark inundation mapping; FEMA's Base Level Engineering (BLE) watershed studies. To fully participate in this class, students will be required to bring a laptop (not a tablet) with ArcGIS Software installed. No equipment or software will be provided.

New! Permitting and Elevation Certificates

This intermediate course focuses on floodplain permitting activities and elevation certificates. Areas of focus will include basics of rivers and floods, understanding local ordinance, permitting (including non-traditional development), compliance issues, FIS/FIRM comprehension, and a Q&A session.


Outreach and Communication for FPAs

This course focuses on outreach techniques, tools and activities FPAs can use to effectively implement their community program as well as communicate NFIP value to constituents.

OFMA Advanced Workshops

The Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association (OFMA), at its own expense with Training Cadre Instructors, offer multiple Advanced Floodplain Management workshops. These workshops provide in-depth instruction on specific floodplain topics and are a follow-up on the FPM 101 workshop. Material covered in the workshop can be found on the OFMA Training website.

Note: Instructors often travel long distances to teach these subjects, so please follow through with your attendance. Much time and effort is spent organizing and administering workshops by OWRB staff. Our goal is to keep them free of charge to the floodplain community.

Online Courses

Certified Floodplain Managers may supplement their training and earn CECs with Independent Study online courses provided by FEMA's Emergency Management Institute. Please send your course completion certificates to Cathy Poage.


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