Floodplain Resource Seminar – Recording and ResourcesDate / Time: January 15, 2021 12:00 am
The annual Floodplain Resource Seminar was held September 14-16.
For the first time, the seminar was hosted virtually.
While we regret not being able to chat with everyone in person, the virtual platform did allow for increased
participation from across the state and increased diversity in speakers. Recorded presentations are available on the
DNRC Floodplain Training web page and at the DNRC YouTube site.
Each of the three days was centered around a unique theme. The theme for the first day was community resilience. A
suite of speakers affiliated with the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association kicked off the seminar with presentations
addressing community vulnerability, risk, and opportunities for risk assessment and reduction. The day ended with a
deep-dive into the wildfire-flood connection (relatedly, check out the flood-after-fire guidebook on the last page).
The second day was themed around mapping and included a range of more technical topics. Experts from the DNRC
and FEMA Region 8 discussed LOMCs, the MT-1 Community Acknowledgment Form, and Montana Lidar and mapping
project updates. The day ended with a presentation from the private sector showcasing options for wet and dry
The third and final day of the seminar, entitled working in and around floodplains, centered on the complex
considerations floodplain managers must address and the resources they have at hand to do so. FEMA spoke on
online mapping tools and the DNRC discussed technical assistance available from the state. The day, and the seminar
overall, concluded with two more speakers from the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association highlighting the technical
and legal aspects of flood resilience.
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