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DLNR, FEMA cosponsor flood insurance workshops

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The Department of Land and Natural Resources, Engineering Division and FEMA Region IX will co-sponsor a free workshop on the National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) Elevation Certificates (EC) between Feb. 27 and March 1 on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island (Kona).

The workshop is targeted at meeting the needs of land surveyors, architects, engineers and county officials who submit and/or review FEMA’s elevation certificates.

“The National Flood Insurance Program’s Elevation Certificate is an important tool to verify that people’s homes are built above the anticipated flood levels to ensure their safety,” said William J. Aila, Jr., DLNR chairman. “Maintaining safe and secure communities throughout the Islands is paramount in Governor Abercrombie’s New Day Plan to invest in Hawaii’s people.”

An elevation certificate is used to determine the proper flood insurance premium rates. It can be used to document elevation information necessary to ensure compliance with community floodplain regulations; and it may be used to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on fill (LOMR-F).

This training will include an introduction to elevation certificates and review several case studies in Hawaii that were submitted to the counties for review and approval.

Participants will learn, step by step, how to complete the EC form and ensure accuracy in the future.

Workshop dates are: Oahu – Feb. 27; Kauai – Feb. 28; Kona – Feb. 29; and Maui – March 1. The Kona workshop is 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the Community Meeting Hale, West Hawaii Civic Center.

Conducted by Sarah Owen with FEMA RIX, the course will include various uses of the EC by lenders, insurance brokers, land surveyors, architects, and engineers, federal, state, and county government.

The interactive course will also involve participants in discussions, completing the form correctly, and covering the ten building diagrams for base flood and floor elevations. The most common error received by Hawaii County Floodplain Manager are wrong base flood elevations.

EC is a requirement of Chapter 27, pertaining to the Floodplain Management in the Hawaii County Code for building, electrical, plumbing and sign permit applications for Special Flood Hazard Areas.

For further information, contact Kristen Akamine at 808-587-0281 or Jerome Academia at 808-587-0254.

Call (808) 961-8321 for information, special accommodations, auxiliary aid, and/or services to participate in this meeting (i.e. sign language interpreter, large print).

For details and to register for this valuable training, visit www.hawaiinfip.org and click on the 2012 Elevation Certificate Workshop Registration under the “Latest News” section.

To reserve a seat at the Kona workshop, visit: 2012ecworkshop-kona.eventbrite…

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