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Featured Flood Insurance Videos

1  EC with Steve Samuelson       2  How the NFIP Works       3  Map Changes      
4  Elevation Certificate       5  Wildfire Exception

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  1   Demonstrating the Elevation Certificate with Steve Samuelson (10:06) - Newly Updated!

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Water Resources and H2O Partners are excited to share this video presented by Steve Samuelson. Steve frequently travels the state of Kansas educating floodplain management professionals and demonstrating FEMA's Elevation Certificate and building diagrams. Steve is an NFIP Specialist with the State of Kansas, an ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), and former local floodplain administrator. As a floodplain professional, you can easily glean the basics of the EC's building diagrams from the comfort of your office in about 10 minutes. Refer back to key segments of the video as a refresher. We hope you find this information beneficial and look forward to your feedback.

2   How the NFIP Works for Floodplain Professionals (8:20)

Answers basic flood insurance questions to give you a head start in understanding the NFIP — Who can buy flood insurance? Who is in the flood zone? Who is required to buy flood insurance?

3   Effects of Map Changes (9:21)

As a community official, do you know how to answer questions regarding a constituent's flood map change either into or out of the Special Flood Hazard Area? Can you explain how a new zone or change in Base Flood Elevation (BFE) affects flood insurance rates?

We'll introduce you, the floodplain manager, to two key concepts: Grandfathered Rating and the Newly Mapped procedure. We'll also provide you with details regarding the change from the Preferred Risk Policy Eligibility Extension (PRP EE) to the Newly Mapped procedure that became effective April 1, 2015. Learn about flood insurance cost savings that may be shared with property owners in your community after a flood map change.

4   The Role of the Elevation Certificate in Floodplain Management (9:29)

Elevation Certificates are one of the most important and versatile NFIP tools available when it comes to floodplain and flood risk management. The floodplain administrator uses the EC when advising builders, developers, and property owners wanting to build in a community's most flood prone areas.

Building structures at or above the base flood elevation will reduce flood risk and flood insurance premiums for your constituents. This video includes guidance for locating the base flood elevation and the lowest floor elevation.

5   Wildfire Exception (7:35)

FEMA encourages property owners to purchase flood insurance after a fire due to the elevated risk of flooding in the area. One key requirement of the Wildfire Exception to the 30-day waiting period is that coverage must be purchased no later than 60 days after the fire containment date.

This video illustrates when the Wildfire Exception applies after a community has been affected by wildfire near Federal land and provides other important details regarding this recent legislation.