Governor extends stay-at-home orders; telework continues until May 31

The Department of Land & Natural Resources NFIP/Floodplain Management office is currently teleworking in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Per Hawaii Governor Ige’s sixth supplementary proclamation, stay-at-home orders have been extended and the office is expected to telework until May 31st, or further notice. Flood Mapping and Technical Assistance Call: FEMA Map Information... Continue Reading →

Out with the Old, in with the Updated. NFIP Technical Bulletins 1 & 5

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Technical Bulletins provide guidance for complying with the NFIP’s building performance requirements and are designed to help state and local officials interpret the NFIP Regulations. They are also a useful resource and reference for homeowners, insurance agents, building professionals and designers FEMA is updating the NFIP Technical Bulletins to... Continue Reading →

Meet FEMA Floodplain Management Specialist, Serena Cheung

Serena Cheung is a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) team member of the Mitigation Division’s Floodplain Management and Insurance Branch at FEMA Region IX in Oakland, CA.  As a Floodplain Management Specialist, she works to support communities participating in the NFIP in order to reduce flood risk and future flood damages.  Her territory assignment includes... Continue Reading →

2020 Hawaii Floodplain Management Conference Canceled

Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources (HiDLNR) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 global pandemic. With the uncertainty of this on-going national state of emergency, HiDLNR has made the difficult decision to cancel our annual Floodplain Management Conference scheduled for the week of August 16th 2020.

2020 ASFPM Annual Conference Heads to Ft. Worth

Registration opens February 1 @ asfpmconference.org The 44th Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) annual conference will be held June 7-June 11, 2020 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas. Flood-risk professionals from all over the world representing local, state, regional, tribal and federal officials, industry leaders, consultants and a wide variety of subject... Continue Reading →

Modifications of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

Feature Image Credit: Mark Sullivan Contributing Author: Eric Simmons, FEMA RIX All communities participating in the NFIP (including Honolulu, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island) were recently sent an awareness letter on the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  ESA compliance documentation has been required by FEMA for conditional letter requests for almost 10 years.  FEMA released... Continue Reading →

Updates to FEMA’s Technical Bulletins scheduled for 2019 Release

The Bulletins are changing to modernize and streamline their content and presentation, incorporate relevant information from the latest I-Codes and ASCE Standards, provide updated guidance and best practices observed from post-disaster assessments and address known issues identified by a wide range of stakeholders. These changes intended to improve the TBs’ usability, credibility, and content while... Continue Reading →

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