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Training designed to help build your understanding and communication of Base Level Engineering and other flood risk products.

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FEMA Region 6 has developed a suite of monthly trainings to help communities become more flood-resilient by using flood risk data for future development, emergency planning, and risk communications. Our "Virtual Brown Bag" sessions include:

  • Using Base Level Engineering (BLE) at the Local Level - Trainings available for Local Officials, Local Planners, Engineering Practitioners, Floodplain Administrators and Insurance Stakeholders
  • Live tutorials on pairing local data with FEMA data to develop flood risk assessments;
  • Letters of Map Change (LOMCs) for Local Officials
  • Base Leve Engineering (BLE) and the Community Rating System (CRS)
  • Using the Estimated Base Flood Elevation (BFE) Viewer

Join us each month for these free interactive, live demonstrations! CECs are available for CFMs. In cases where the attendee would like to use the Virtual Brown Bag towards their Professional Engineering or Surveyor’s License renewals, please be aware that the CEC provided by the Virtual Brown Bag is not equivalent to a Professional Development Hour. This CEC/CEU is equivalent to 0.1 PDH. Instructions on how to receive a certificate of participation provided at each webinar.

We look forward to your attendance and welcome feedback on the trainings as well as future topics of interest for your community.

 Register above to receive the Adobe Connect link and conference line information for the webinar prior to the monthly session. 

Return to the page to register for more than one Virtual Brown Bag session. Additional sessions will be added to this site. Visit regularly!


Select the Virtual Brown Bags of interest to you using the drop down dates:

January 25, 2022 - *NEW* Grants and Base Level Engineering

February 22, 2022 - Base Level Engineering and Letters of Map Revision

March 29, 2022 - Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

April 26, 2022 - Local Permitting Checklist and Informed Land Development with Base Level Engineering

June 28, 2022 - Regional Service Centers and HEC RAS models


Watch for more learning sessions and register to attend!


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Organizer FEMA Region 6 - Mitigation

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The mission of FEMA is to support communities in becoming more disaster resilient by knowing their risk, planning for that risk, and mitigating and communicating about these risks.

FEMA Region 6 oversees the federal emergency management for Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and 68 federally recognized Tribal Nations. 


Everyone can take action to reduce their risk.


FEMA encourages local officials, citizens and stakeholders to understand their risk and make informed choices for their community, families and property.

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