Ensuring that Structures Built on Fill, Are Reasonably Safe from Flooding
Jeffrey Havelin, P.E.
This (two-hour) course is based on the FEMA construction guidelines for ensuring that structures built on fill are reasonably safe from flooding.
FEMA identifies and maps flood hazard areas nationwide by conducting flood hazard studies and publishing Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). These flood hazard areas, referred to as Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs), are based on a flood having a 1-percent probability of being equaled or exceeded in any given year (also referred to as the 100-year flood or Base Flood).
When permitted under applicable Federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations, earthen fill is sometimes placed in an SFHA to reduce flood risk to the filled area. Under certain conditions, when engineered earthen fill is placed within an SFHA to raise the surface of the ground to or above the BFE, a request may be submitted to FEMA to revise the FIRM to indicate that the filled land is outside of the SFHA. When such revisions are warranted, FEMA usually revises the FIRM by issuing a Letter of Map Revision based on fill (LOMR-F). After FEMA has revised the FIRM to show that the filled land is outside the SFHA, the community is no longer required to apply the minimum NFIP floodplain management standards to any structures built on the land and the mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements no longer apply.
This course is based entirely on the FEMA Technical Bulletin (10-01) Ensuring That Structures Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas Are Reasonably Safe From Flooding.
This course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of course materials.
This course will specifically review "Reasonably Safe From Flooding" guidelines for Buildings, and will cover the following topics:
course would be very informative for engineers or architects who are involved
with the construction industry.
This course is based entirely on the FEMA Technical Bulletin (10-01) Ensuring That Structures Built on Fill In or Near Special Flood Hazard Areas Are Reasonably Safe From Flooding
The link to the course materials is as follows:
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Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.