Presentation Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Time: 10:00-11:30am

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About: Flooding in New York State is a frequent threat and a costly disaster for communities. Local governments, however, can protect their citizens by taking flood risk reduction measures – and reduce insurance premiums as well. Join Syracuse University’s Environmental Finance Center to learn about FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS) program.  FEMA’s ​voluntary CRS program credits community efforts beyond minimum floodplain management standards by reducing flood insurance premiums for the community’s property owners.  This free 75 minute webinar provided an introduction to FEMA’s CRS program, followed by a panel discussion where speakers shared their diverse experiences with the CRS program.  Please join us to find out if your community is a good fit for CRS.

This free webinar was co-hosted by the New York State Water Resources Institute, New York State Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association, and Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center

Presenters and Panelists

John Gauthier, P.E., CFM, Associate Engineer, Town of Greece

Russell Houck, P.E., CFM, Facilities Engineer, City of Syracuse

Nathan Mitchell, Chair of the Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission, Village of Piermont

Kristen Hychka, PhD, Research & Outreach Specialist, NYS Water Resources Institute

This webinar has not been submitted to licensing agencies for preapproval of continuing education or training credits. 

Requirements to Receive a Certificate of Attendance: •You must attend the entire 1.5 hour session on the original broadcast date (September 22, 2020) •You must register and attend using your real name and unique email address

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It is your responsibility to check with your licensing agency or municipality about its rules and criteria for credit.
The certificate of attendance and agenda may be useful for:
– New York Code Enforcement Official Professional Development Electives
– ASFPM Certified Floodplain Manager Continuing Education Credit Flood-related Virtual Learning Activity
– New York State Planning and Zoning Board training requirements, if your elected board considers the content relevant.

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This webinar is based upon work supported under a grant by the Rural Utilities Service, United States Department of Agriculture.