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Job Announcement - Lafayette Consolidated Government

FLOOD PLAIN ADMINISTRATOR -- Position is responsible for administering a flood plain program in compliance with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations, as well as the Community Rating System (CRS) for NFIP. Work is administrative and technical in nature, and involves public contact work. The incumbent of this position works with substantial independence under the general direction of the Director of Development & Planning. Bachelor’s degree in governmental/environmental studies, planning, GIS, hydrology/hydraulics, engineering or related field and experience in surveying, insurance, or real estate work; or any equivalent combination of training and experience desired. APPRENTICESHIP: Positions in this class are assigned to an apprenticeship as defined by Civil Service Rule IV, Section 6.  This requires the employee to complete Certified Floodplain Manager certification from the Association of State Floodplain Managers within two (2) years and ongoing education requirements for continued employment. $3,528-$4,410/DOE. Strong benefits and civil service status. See the Lafayette Consolidated Government, Civil Service Office, 705 W. University Ave., Lafayette, LA, or www.lafayettela.gov for deadline and additional information, or call 337-291-8330. See website for applications. EOE.

 

Annual Membership Meeting

The Annual Membership Meeting will be held at the end of the April 30th virtual workshop from 11:30AM-12:00PM.  Election results, new CFM inductees, and official association business will be addressed during this meeting.  


 

4 Virtual Workshops in lieu of the 2021 Annual Conference

LFMA will be holding four virtual workshops:

April 30, 2021          June 25, 2021          September 24, 2021          December 10, 2021

More information will be available under "Upcoming Events".


 

2020 Annual Conference Cancellation

Members,

We sincerely hope each and every one of you are safe during this unprecedented and trying time, and that the distress this global pandemic has caused subsides.

Due to recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the Country, and particularly in Louisiana, as well as Governor Edwards postponing Phase 3 Openings, the LFMA Board has made the decision to CANCEL the 2020 Annual Conference for the health and safety of our board, members, and community. We all were looking forward to the networking and sharing of important Floodplain Management updates that our annual conference has to offer. Your registration will be cancelled, and we will mail a refund check to you as soon as possible.

Until we can all safely meet again, we are working hard to bring continuing education opportunities to you so you can have the ability to keep up with your continuing education needs. FEMA and ASFPM are also currently conducting online classes at little to no cost which provides credit towards your CFM certification.

Typically held on the last day of the conference is our annual General Membership meeting. At this meeting, Board Members and Officials are elected. At a close vote of the board, the decision was made that ALL current Officers and Board Members will retain their current positions until we are able to hold a General Membership meeting. Since these times are unprecedented, our by-laws do not address instances where a General Membership meeting is missed or the safety of one can be called. It is our goal within the next few months to revise the by-laws to provide a way to hold future elections in the event the General Membership meeting cannot be held as scheduled.

We are hoping to see you all at the 2021 Conference next April.  We will keep the same location - Houma, LA.

We miss you, and we’re looking forward to a time when we can connect in person again. If you have any questions or would like to see any specific resources in the coming months, don’t hesitate to contact us.  To contact the Membership Chair, email: [email protected]

Thank you and be safe.

 Toby J. Fruge', P.E., CFM

Chairman, LFMA


NFIP RESOURCES

In advance of Marco and Laura, NFIP Resources have been added to our website. 

Included are websites, fact sheets, videos, social media assets, infographics and other materials for you.

Please feel free to share widely with other partners in insurance, safety, emergency management and elsewhere.

 Marco & Laura: Flood Loss Avoidance

 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sent this bulletin at 08/25/2020 07:15 AM EDT

With tropical storms threatening the Gulf Coast, and severe weather that can happen across the state...did you know? The NFIP offers flood loss avoidance as a protective action policyholders can take to minimize flood damage and losses before a flood occurs. Spread the word in your community. 

Flood Loss Avoidance Infographic

For more information, view the fact sheet Understanding Flood Loss Avoidance or reference the NFIP Claims Manual (pages 47-48, 65, 111-112, 171-172).  

Flood Loss Avoidance Videos

Click here to view the flood loss avoidance video in Spanish.


2021 ASFPM Virtual Conference

ASFPM will hold its 45th annual conference May 10-14, 2021 in a virtual setting. Conference fee is $350 for ASFPM members ($400 for non-members) and includes all live conference plenary and concurrent sessions, access to the interactive “xpo360” virtual exhibit hall, and the ability to rewatch all conference sessions for over 6 months. 

Registration is open at https://www.floods.org/conference/registration/ .

 


 Benefits of Freeboard

Benefits and Costs of Freeboard Flyer

One way flood risk is communicated is through maps that show base flood elevations (BFEs), or the height floodwaters would reach during a 1-percent-annual-chance flood in any given year.

Freeboard is a term used by FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to describe a factor of safety usually expressed in feet above the 1-percent-annual-chance flood level. The NFIP requires the lowest floor of structures built in Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) to be at or above the BFE, so a structure built with freeboard would have its lowest floor 1 foot or more above the BFE. Adding freeboard will reduce NFIP insurance premiums.


National Flood Insurance

Provided is a copy of the recent NFIP Premium Comparison Chart.  This chart comes in handy when dealing with homeowners or local officials. It helps explain the benefits of flood insurance, elevating and freeboard as it relates to monetary savings.  The NFIP Call Center Brochure is for anyone needing assistance from the NFIP Support Center.

Courtesy of: Mark Lujan (FEMA Region VI – Sr. Region Insurance Specialist) & and John Miles (FEMA Region VI)


 Meteorology Terminology

What’s the Difference Between a Tropical Depression, Tropical Storm and Hurricane?

Meteorologists use special terminology based on various classifications for developing tropical activity.

You’ve heard AccuWeather.com meteorologists describe these weather formations as tropical systems, tropical disturbances, tropical depressions, tropical storms and hurricanes. What does all of this terminology really mean?

Stages of Tropical Formation:

The first official stage of a tropical classification is a tropical depression, but before this happens meteorologists refer to this potential activity using many different terms, all which mean about the same thing.

You’ll hear them throw out some of these terms: tropical system, tropical feature, tropical activity, tropical disturbance, tropical wave. These descriptions all refer to a weather formation that has potential to strengthen and organize into a substantial tropical storm, or even a hurricane.

When these descriptors are used, the storm at its current state doesn’t have strong enough sustained and organized winds or the pressure necessary to be classified as a tropical depression.

Tropical Depression

A tropical depression forms when a low pressure area is accompanied by thunderstorms that produce a circular wind flow with maximum sustained winds below 39 mph. Most tropical depressions have maximum sustained winds between 25 and 35 mph.

In the U.S., the National Hurricane Center (NHC) is responsible for issuing advisories upgrading or downgrading tropical activity.

Reconoissance aircraft missions are sent by the NHC flying into tropical storms to gather data, like wind speeds, to aid in making these classification changes. Surface data from islands, buoys and vessels can also be used to make changes.

Tropical Storm

An upgrade into a tropical storm occurs when cyclonic circulation becomes more organized and maximum sustained winds gust consistently at or above 39 mph, and no higher than 73 mph. Tropical storm status is when the naming of the storm takes place.

Hurricane Classification

A tropical storm is then upgraded into Category 1 hurricane status as maximum sustained winds increase to between 74 mph and 95 mph.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale is used to rate hurricane intensity in the Atlantic Basin. A 1-5 rating system is used, with Category 1 being a less intense storm and Category 5 very intense.

Story by Carly Porter, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer