As SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) continues to help its regional communities build flood resiliency efforts, two SEDA-COG staff have earned floodplain certifications.
Teri Provost, senior program analyst, and Bill Bradfield, flood resiliency program analyst, both of SEDA-COG’s Community Development program, are now Certified Floodplain Managers after completing the Nationally Recognized Association of State Floodplain Managers Certified Floodplain Manager test.
This certification program recognizes continuing education and professional development that enhances the knowledge and performance of local, state, federal, and private-sector floodplain management professionals.
With the role of floodplain managers expanding due to more disaster losses, this certification lays the foundation for highly qualified individuals to meet the challenge of breaking the damage cycle and helping to stop its drain on people and communities.
“Bill and I are honored to receive this certification. This is about building upon communities’ resiliency and breaking the cycle of damage that floods wreak on our region,” Provost said.
SEDA-COG Executive Director Bill Seigel said the agency will continue to empower communities with its ongoing work.
“This is a hard-earned certification that further demonstrates our commitment to our communities and helping our neighbors face the costs associated with flood insurance and flooding,” Seigel said.
Over the past two years, SEDA-COG has partnered with six communities to define and design flood resiliency strategies, including creating a self-help assessment tool and community-based flood resiliency taskforces. This work was possible through a funding partnership with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
As part of the flood resiliency effort, SEDA-COG also provides services related to the Community Rating System to communities. The Community Rating System can help decrease property damage and losses and can reduce National Flood Insurance Program premium rates by up to 45 percent.
Additionally, SEDA-COG is partnering with higher education institutions and insurance providers to better understand flood mitigation costs, thanks to funding from a 2017 Flood Mitigation Assistance grant.
“We’re trying to figure out the priorities of each municipality and meet their specific needs,” Bradfield said.
Glenda Ruch, director of SEDA-COG’s Community Development Program, said this agency-community partnership is what drives success.
“The partnership between SEDA-COG and local communities to jointly evaluate ways to mitigate flood damage and costs is an excellent example of ingenuity and the power of collaboration. This certification further strengthens our efforts,” Ruch said.
The SEDA-COG Community Development Program partners with communities to develop and build projects that strengthen and enhance quality of life. For more information about SEDA-COG’s Community Development Program, visit www.seda-cog.org/Pages/communitydevelopment.aspx.