CAFM, in association with Connecticut DEEP, hosted the E273 class for municipal floodplain managers from March 9-12, 2015 in Old Lyme Connecticut at the DEEP Marine Fisheries Headquarters and Boating Division. This class is primarily aimed at floodplain managers who are relatively new to their positions and have less than five years of experience. Mr. Jerry Brems from Ohio, Mr. Chris Markesich from FEMA Region I, and Ms. Diane Ifkovic from Connecticut DEEP instructed. Mr. Robert Desaulniers from FEMA Region I also provided assistance helping those present understand the insurance aspects of the NFIP.
Based on the course evaluation forms, the instructors were very well received and reviews for the class were excellent:
- “Filled in many gaps of things I was not 100% sure of. Learned many new things that we were not aware of.”
- “I would recommend to anyone in a [NFIP] member town who have floodplain management responsibilities.”
- “It’s obvious a lot of work and preparation went into setting up this event.”
- “Although difficult to get out of the office four days in a row, this was one of the few multi-day seminars that was worthwhile.”
Commenters also had many suggestions to improve the class or for follow-up trainings that CAFM will consider for the future, including:
- Provide case studies from actual applications for students to perform regulatory exercises on, and then discuss what went right, what went wrong in those actual cases
- Would like separate local courses that are more specific to inland issues and coastal issues
- Offer continuing education credits that can be used towards the AICP certification
- “It would be helpful to have a floodplain 101 course for novices.”
- “Developer/surveyor workshops would be very beneficial to town officials.”
- More material on how to access and utilize internet resources
- A workshop for regional planners would be helpful so they can provide assistance to local officials
A special thank you to ASFPM who provided the funding for instructors to provide this course locally!
An opportunity to take the CFM exam was offered on Friday, March 13 following the course. Several folks attended and we look forward to welcoming them to the ranks of Certified Floodplain Managers!