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A Watershed Moment: Changes to FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program - 11/22 Seminar

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A Watershed Moment: Changes to FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program - FIRM Mapping and Elevation Certificates

Co-Sponsored by MALSCE and BSCES
Friday, November 22, 2013
Holiday Inn Mansfield, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA
8:00 AM Registration; 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Seminar


MALSCE/BSCES Members*: $190; Non-members: $250
  *Members of CALS, MSLS, NHLSA, NYSAPLS, REBA, RISPLS and VSLS can attend for the MALSCE Member rate.

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FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is currently undergoing dramatic changes.  Major storms, the technology revolution including LiDAR and GIS, congressional mandates, and the agency’s own initiatives have all lead to significant changes to the flood insurance program and the mapping upon which it is built. Major upgrades to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) have already been implemented and more changes are coming. Insurance premiums are rising dramatically to more accurately reflect actual flooding risks. Massachusetts, with its miles of coast and major rivers and streams, is constantly dealing with the threat of flooding. Almost 60,000 policies are currently in effect and Scituate alone has received almost $60M from NFIP in the past 35 years.  FEMA is also upgrading the way information is distributed.

For land surveyors and engineers, these changes offer challenges and opportunities. Our clients need accurate, up to date information when obtaining permits or insurance. FEMA uses a number of subcontractors for mapping and analyzing watersheds and developing risk analysis. Individual property owners who wish to reduce their rates, elevate their buildings above the flood level, or eliminate flood insurance all together must obtain elevation certificates or letters of map change (LOMC, i.e. LOMAs or LOMRs).


Richard Zingarelli
NFIP Program Coordinator, Massachusetts DCR
Richard Zingarelli is the Program Manager for the Flood Hazard Management Program within the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.  He has 30 years experience in water resources and floodplain management with the DCR and the US Army Corps of Engineers.  He holds a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Masters degree, also in civil engineering, from Stanford University.  Mr. Zingarelli is the State Coordinator for the NFIP and the Acting Sate Hazard Mitigation Officer.

Dean Savramis (invited)
Mitigation Division Director, FEMA Region I

Dean Savramis is the Mitigation Division Director for FEMA Region I.  The Mitigation Division is comprised of four branches: Floodplain Mapping and Insurance, Hazard Mitigation Assistance, Office of Environmental and Historic Preservation, and Risk Analysis. The Risk Analysis Division applies engineering, planning, and advanced technology to determine the potential impact of natural disasters.

Robert DeSaulniers, CPCU, CFM, ANFI, AAI (invited)
Flood Insurance Specialist, FEMA Region I

Robert DeSaulniers is the Flood Insurance Specialist for FEMA Region I.  He interfaces with all stakeholders of the NFIP and acts as a resource to stakeholders such as insurance agents, lenders, government, and community officials.  He holds a Bachelors degree in English from Boston College.




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