Posts Tagged ‘FIRM’

Managing Flood Risk Workshop December 11

Posted on: December 4th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

AWSMP and Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty (CCEUC) Resource Edu­ca­tor Brent Gotsch in con­junc­tion with CCEUC Live­stock Edu­ca­tor Jason Det­zel will be be offer­ing a work­shop on flood­plain man­age­ment for live­stock and agri­cul­tur­al pro­duc­ers, or any­one with a flood­plain on their prop­er­ty. The work­shop will occur on Mon­day, Decem­ber 11 and run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the Cor­nell Coop­er­a­tive Exten­sion of Ulster Coun­ty offices locat­ed at 232 Plaza Road in Kingston, NY.

It is free to attend but reg­is­tra­tion is required. Please con­tact Jason Det­zel at or call 845–340-3990 x327 to register.

The work­shop will help flood­plain prop­er­ty own­ers bet­ter under­stand their risk of flood­ing and how to read and inter­pret FEMA Flood Insur­ance Rate Maps (FIRMs) and Flood Insur­ance Stud­ies (FISs). Addi­tion­al top­ics to be cov­ered include:

  • The dif­fer­ent types of flood zones
  • How to iden­ti­fy flood­way and flood fringe areas of a floodplain
  • How to com­pute the base flood ele­va­tion of the floodplain
  • What exact­ly is a “100-Year flood”
  • Com­put­er and elec­tron­ic tools to help iden­ti­fy flood haz­ard zones
  • Live­stock dis­as­ter information


If time per­mits there will also be a brief dis­cus­sion on flood insur­ance and how that applies to struc­tures in a mapped floodplain.


FEMA Sending Notifications on Flood Insurance Changes

Posted on: January 13th, 2017 by Brent Gotsch

In 2014, the Home­own­er Flood Insur­ance Afford­abil­i­ty Act (HFIAA) was signed into law. Part of the leg­is­la­tion requires that FEMA com­mu­ni­cate flood risk deter­mi­na­tions to indi­vid­ual prop­er­ty own­ers. FEMA is cur­rent­ly review­ing every flood insur­ance pol­i­cy and will be writ­ing to all Nation­al Flood Insur­ance Pro­gram (NFIP) pol­i­cy hold­ers to explain the cur­rent risk lev­el for their prop­er­ty. Start­ing this month (Jan­u­ary 2017) pol­i­cy hold­ers will begin receiv­ing let­ters from FEMA approx­i­mate­ly two months pri­or to their pol­i­cy renewals. FEMA will mail a let­ter at each sub­se­quent renewal.

The NFIP has iden­ti­fied sev­en cat­e­gories of pol­i­cy­hold­ers to receive unique infor­ma­tion based on their risk and cur­rent pre­mi­um rates. To read more about what each cat­e­go­ry means and if it applies to you please vis­it this FEMA Web­site. If you have ques­tions about Flood Insur­ance Rate Maps (FIRMs) or how flood insur­ance is rat­ed select staff at the AWSMP can help answer your ques­tions or direct you to oth­er resources. Please call 845–688-3047 ext.3 for assis­tance. If you have ques­tions about your spe­cif­ic flood insur­ance pol­i­cy then you should con­tact your insur­ance agent directly.