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FEMA’s Flood Maps (FIRM) - Understanding and Utilizing This ResourceNJ PLS Board Approved Course

Jonathan Terry, P.L.S.

FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are in frequent use by numerous professions and disciplines, yet some people consult these maps not quite knowing what their uses and limitations are or how they interface with Flood Insurance Studies (FISs).

This course, in concert with its quiz, offers an introduction to new users of FIRMs (a.k.a. “Flood Maps”), clarifies the many terms and abbreviations that often confuse, and increases confidence in experienced users of Flood Maps. The course fosters an understanding of both the appropriate uses and the limitations of Flood Maps and explains the relationship of FIRMs to Flood Insurance Studies (FISs).

Recently, a professional with decades of experience, who is an occasional user of Flood Maps confided in me, “You know I’ve used FIRM’s for many years, but I get nervous when I have to pull them out. The reason is that they show so few roads, and I don’t really understand how floodways and Flood Insurance Studies relate. When a property scales really close to a flood zone, I wonder what liability I’m exposing myself to when I declare the property to be in or out of a flood zone.”

This course is for the professional who made that candid statement, and perhaps for you. It clarifies and explains all the things many of us have wondered about, yet have never taken the time to discover. I think you’ll enjoy the learning experience and find it profitable.

This course includes a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

This PDH online course is approved by NJ LS Board.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.