Webinar Archives

FEMA Region III presentation Febr. 25, 2021: Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide and Mitigation Minute of Febr. 25, 2021

Click here to view FEMA Mitigation Minute (2-25-21) as a PDF.

Click here to view R3 Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide as a PDF.

This is from the February 25, 2021 presentation by FEMA Region III on Reducing Risk in the Floodplain Guide. It was provided by Mari Radford, FEMA R3 Hazard Mitigation Planning Lead, and Kevin Wagner, NFIP Program Manager from Maryland Department of the Environment.

This has also been added to the NHMA Resources page here: http://nhma.info/resources/flood-resources/






FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration (Febr. 17, 2021)

Click here to view FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration attachment: ESC-MSC-SSC-WSC-Regional-Emergency-Declaration_2021-001-Winter_Storm…

Below is information regarding the recently issued FMCSA declaration (17FEB2021) (link above).

FMCSA Regional Emergency Declaration:

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has provided the following information regarding the recently updated HOS declaration. In response to a number of questions we received regarding “Goods”, FMCSA has confirmed that this applies to food.

In accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR § 390.23, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hereby declare that an emergency exists that warrants issuance of a Regional Emergency Declaration.  Such emergency is in response to damage and heating and other fuel shortages from severe winter storms in the Affected States. This Declaration addresses the emergency conditions creating a need for immediate transportation of persons, supplies, goods, equipment, heating fuels, including propane, natural gas, and heating oil, and other fuel products, including gasoline, and provides necessary relief.

  • Declaration is effective immediately and shall remain through March 4th, 2021.  Copy of declaration is attached.
  • Regional Emergency Declaration Under 49 CFR § 390.23 No. 2021-001   (POSTED)


Articles of Interest (Febr. 24, 2021)

Click the links to view articles below:

Ice storm blasts Louisiana with severe damage
Published 6:49 a.m. ET Feb. 18, 2021


Wind power didn’t cause the Texas blackouts. But it wasn’t just fossil fuels, either
Sammy Roth Staff Writer)
February 18, 2021


Response team investigates wildfire damage to buried drinking water infrastructure
(By Caitlin R. Proctor, Ph.D., Andrew J. Whelton, Ph.D., Amisha D. Shah, Ph.D., and Juneseok Lee, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE)




YouTube Premiere: “6.8 Nisqually Quake: The 20th Anniversary” – Thursday, Febr. 25, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m. PST

Online: youtube.com
Thursday February 25, 2021 at 6:30 PM PST – 8 PM PST
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr 30 min
Public  · Anyone on or off Facebook
Ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 2001 Nisqually earthquake, join us for our YouTube Premiere of “6.8 Nisqually Quake: The 20th Anniversary.” The event will be followed by a live Q&A streamed to Youtube where we will be answering questions posted during the YouTube Premiere and during the Q&A.
YouTube Premiere: [link coming soon]check the Facebook page below for upcoming link information:
Four northwest seismologists and emergency managers will discuss the science of the Nisqually earthquake, earthquake hazards, and how Nisqually changed earthquake monitoring and hazard management in the northwest.
NHMA Board Member Jim Mullen will present brief remarks discussing Project Impact and our battle to be a credible force within Seattle city government, and offer some thoughts about future approaches.  



Virtual Seminar – HEC-HMS with Application to Dam Safety – March 23-25, 2021 – Register Now!

Click here to view Virtual Seminar-HEC-HMS with Application to Dam Safety-Register Now! as a PDF.


HEC-HMS with Application to Dam Safety participants will gain a practical knowledge of methods for simulation of runoff from storm rainfall. The methods covered relate to the processing of historical and hypothetical (design-storm) rainfall data; estimation of losses (infiltration); transformation of rainfall excess to direct runoff with unit hydrographs; routing of flood waves; calibration of model parameters; and modeling of runoff from watersheds. Experience will be gained in applying the methods with the program Hydrologic Modeling System (HEC-HMS). Where possible, applications will emphasize hydrologic computations for dam safety.

Key takeaways attendees will receive from this course:

  • Methods to simulate runoff from storm rainfall.
  • Estimating hydrologic abstractions and transforming excess rainfall using unit hydrograph theory.
  • Evaluating dam and reservoir performance during flood events.
  • Running the HMS model on several real-world problems.
  • Estimating uncertainty in modeling runoff.

View the full seminar agenda now!

Up to 20 PDHs are available for the completion of the course. NY licensed engineers please check back close to the course for details on the number of PDHs available.

For those with no background in Hydrology, it is highly recommended that you review the ASDSO Hydrology 101 for Dam Safety Webinar. This webinar will offer fundamentals of hydrology and is an introduction to the Hydrologic Processes. This is not required but should offer a good basis for the topic.

ASDSO members can register for only $900 and non-members can register for $1,000 (non-members can become a member before registering and save!).




Arthur C. Miller, Ph.D., P.E.
Science Practice Leader

Dr. Miller is a nationally recognized expert in hydrology, hydraulic engineering, dam safety, and water resource management. His over 40 years of experience includes research, consulting, and publishing in hydrology, hydraulics, floodplain delineation, dam safety, bridge scour, river mechanics, sediment transport, and impacts of climate change. He is renowned for his expertise in numerical modeling of open channel flow; unsteady flow; hydraulic design techniques for dams, bridges and culverts; river mechanics; and sediment transport. Dr. Miller teaches courses throughout the country on topics ranging from fundamental hydraulics to open channel flow to hydrologic processes. Dr. Miller regularly teaches courses throughout the country on topics ranging from fundamental hydraulics to open channel flow to hydrologic processes for the National Highway Institute, the Association of State Dam Safety Officials, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Amanda J. Hess, P.E., CFM
H & H Group Manager
Gannett Fleming, Inc.

Ms. Hess is a Hydrology and Hydraulics Group Manager and Senior Project Engineer in the Dams and Hydraulics Section of Gannett Fleming, Inc. Amanda received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. She has about 20 years of experience working on dams, flood control projects, and water supply systems and performing a wide range of hydraulic and hydrologic analyses. She is responsible for leading a team of engineers to perform hydrologic and 1-, 2- and 3-D hydraulic analyses for water resources projects and design hydraulic structures related to flood control reservoirs, dams, bridges, and channel improvement construction, rehabilitation, and reconstruction projects, including the design of spillways, outlet works, and stilling basins. Amanda regularly instructs courses on hydrologic and hydraulic modeling.



Association of State Dam Safety Officials
239 S. Limestone, Lexington, KY 40508





AMFM and DNRC Floodplain Program Virtual Training – March 2-4, 2021

Click here to view Registration Flyer March 2-4 Virtual Training – AMFM & DNRC Floodplain Program.

Good morning,

Please join us March 2-4 for a virtual training event hosted by AMFM and the DNRC Floodplain Program. Topics will include stream restoration, enforcement, recovery, elevation certificates, MT-2s, and more. Please see the attached flyer for the week’s schedule.

Each day requires unique registration:

Day 1, March 2nd:

Day 2, March 3rd:

Day 3, March 4th:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting for each day.

A maximum of 12 CFM CECs are available, participation dependent.


Shaye Bodine, CFM
Floodplain Specialist / CAP Assistant
Montana DNRC Water Resources Division
1424 9th Ave.
Helena, MT  69620