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Presenter: William Nechamen, CFM

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Syracuse, NY

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel
801 University Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13210
Phone: 315-475-3000

This seminar is closed or full.


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 - 5:00 pm

Understanding Floods, Floodplains and Floodplain Management

   Flood facts and figures
      • National and New York State figures
   Causes and types of floods 
   Types of floodplains
   Understanding floodways 
   Coastal floods and floodplains
   History and development of flood maps, flood insurance and floodplain management
   Role of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
   Exercise: What types of flooding may occur in different locations?

Obtaining and Interpreting Flood Maps

   Development of flood maps
      • Understanding FEMA flood zone designations
      • Examining Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs)
      • Map modernization and digital flood map implementation policy
      • Multi-year flood hazard identification plan
   Reading and interpreting flood maps Using flood insurance studies
   Coastal flood hazard zones
   Examining the impact of flood designating and mapping
   Reviewing lender and FEMA flood hazard determinations and what to do if you disagree
   Exercise: Finding flood zones and base flood elevations

Federal, State and Local Floodplain Regulation

   Reviewing NFIP regulations (44 CFR 60.3 regulatory steps)
   Understanding permit requirements 
   Analyzing encroachments
   Constructing new buildings in A and V zones
   Complying with state regulations Exercise: Compliance requirements

Letters of Map Change

   The LOMC Alphabet Soup (LOMAs, LOMRs, CLOMRs, LOMR-F)
   LOMA and LOMR-F requirements and processes
   Why get a conditional LOMC?
   Exercise: What LOMCs would apply?

Examining Flood Insurance Requirements

   Flood insurance – A public-private partnership
   When is flood insurance required? Recommended?
   Flood insurance coverage and exclusions
   What happens if you do not have flood insurance?
   Filing a flood insurance claim
   Flood insurance policy costs
      • Policy categories (pre- and post-FIRM, building categories, flood zones and loss history)
      • Policy rating trends and federal requirements
      • How to lower your costs
   Exercise: Flood insurance requirements, availability, and recommendations

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Floodplain Managers

Professional Engineers
     7.0 Continuing Ed. Hours

Architects &
Landscape Architects

     7.0 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours
     7.0 AIA LU|HSW
     7.0 LA/CES HSW PDHs

Floodplain Managers
     7.0 ASFPM CECs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 7.0 continuing education hours to professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to architects and landscape architects in most states, including New York.

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

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 7.0 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System for 7.0 HSW PDHs. Only full attendance is reportable to the AIA/CES and LA/CES. Courses approved by the AIA qualify for New Jersey architects. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org for complete AIA/CES information under this course listing.

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.

The Association of State Floodplain Managers has approved this course for 7.0 CECs.

This event offers a continuing education opportunity to construction contractors, but it has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

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.


William Nechamen, CFM

Principal and Owner, Nechamen Consulting, LLC

Mr. Nechamen, principal and owner of Nechamen Consulting, LLC, 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.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Floodplain Mapping, Regulation, and Insurance

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This seven-hour, live, lecture presentation examines causes and types of floods, specifics of coastal floods and floodplains, , obtaining and interpreting flood maps, federal, state and local floodplain regulation, letters of a map change, and flood insurance requirements.

Learning Objectives: 

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to identify and explain the causes and types of floods and identify what types of flooding may occur at different locations.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to obtain and interpret flood maps, including FEMA flood zone designations, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and coastal flood hazard hazard zones. This information is useful for project development professionals and project owners to make decisions based on risk assessment and flood insurance availability and cost.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference and comply with federal, state, and local floodplain regulations, including permitting requirements and constructing new buildings in A and V zones.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to discuss when flood insurance is required and when it's recommended, flood insurance coverages and exclusions, what happens when a project owner does not have flood insurance, and how flood insurance policy costs are determined.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience with site design.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/22/2022

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.