Once again, FAC is offering two Mitigation workshops free of charge to our Counties.  Thanks to a grant from the Florida Division of Emergency Management, we are able to offer two programs this year, one on Wind Mitigation and the other on Flood Mitigation.

The Wind Mitigation workshop recognizes Florida’s vulnerability to hurricanes and other high wind events.  The goal of this course is to provide county commissioners and staff with a better understanding of the following:

• How to evaluate and measure a county’s risk and vulnerability to high wind events, with a particular emphasis on hurricanes;
• How to estimate the potential costs and economic loss to a county if impacted by a major wind storm event;
• How changes to the Florida Building Code can reduce a county’s vulnerability to wind storms – and the costs to implement;
• What types of wind mitigation measures are utilized in other communities – their costs and effectiveness;
• What state and federal resources (i.e., grants) are available to counties to implement wind mitigation measures;
• How to measure the costs and benefits of implementing wind mitigation measures.

In 2012, Congress passed the Biggert-Waters Florida Insurance Reform Act.  Key provisions of the legislation require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders.  As a result of this new law, coupled with FEMA mapping efforts across the state, communities are beginning to ask questions regarding the role of local governments in this process.  The Flood Mitigation workshop provides an overview of the following:

  • An overview of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the role of the local government official. 
  • The types of coverage offered under the NFIP for homeowners and businesses.
  • How the 2012 NFIP changes will affect flood insurance rates in your community.
  • What steps your community can take to help lower rates flood insurance rates.
  • An overview of federal grant programs available to your community to reduce potential flood damages and lower flood insurance premiums.  

To arrange for either or both of these workshops in your County, contact Eric Poole at 850-922-4300.