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Free Workshop on Coastal Construction, National Flood Insurance Program

Targets architects, engineers, surveyors, county officials

Department of Land and Natural Resources News Release

Engineers, architects, surveyors and community officials that deal with floodplain development in high risk coastal zones are invited to participate in a valuable four-hour training opportunity in February, through the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and FEMA Region IX. The workshop is free but seating will be limited, so early registration is encouraged by Jan. 19, 2011.  

A workshop will be held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the Pacific Disaster Center, 1305 North Holopono St., Kihei. Workshops will also be held in Hilo, Honolulu and Lihue.

Currently all four counties are undergoing mapping revisions to update coastal flood risk maps based on FEMA’s recently completed Hurricane Flood Insurance Risk Study.  
This workshop will go over the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) regulations for development in a coastal high hazard flood zone.

Topics will include: background on the National Flood Insurance Program; understanding the importance of the Flood Insurance Rate maps; floodplain Management Regulations for Coastal Development; county building Permit Process (presented by county floodplain managers); and flood Insurance implications for structures built in a VE.

Speakers will be: Sarah Owen, Natural Hazard Specialist, FEMA Region IX, Oakland California, and Carol Tyau-Beam, State NFIP Coordinator, DLNR.

Registration forms may be downloaded at www.hawaiinfip.org. Mail completed application form to DLNR Engineering Division Attn: Ms. Kristen Akamine, P.O. Box 373, Honolulu, HI 96809. For more information call Kristen Akamine at 587-0281 or Jerome Acadimia at 587-0254.


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