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Note: effective July 28, 2021, all Federal employees, onsite contractors, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status or level of COVID transmission in your local area, are required to wear a mask inside all DHS workspaces and Federal buildings.

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IS-1113: Coastal Barrier Resources Act

PLEASE NOTE: These courses are NOT approved for continuing education (CE) credit by any State Department of Insurance.

Upon successfully passing the exam, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement noting CE earned through the International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET). Each hour of instruction completed earns 0.1 CE Unit through IACET (.1 CE Unit = one CE). If you are taking a FEMA EMI Independent Study course in order to earn CE, be sure to confirm in advance that your professional board or other preferred entity will accept IACET CE. You can also check IACET's website for a list of entities that accept IACET CE at FEMA accepts IACETs.

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Course Overview

This course is designed to assist Insurance agents with their understanding of the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs). Agents must correctly identify buildings located in or near these protected areas to determine eligibility for flood insurance. In this course, we will review flood zones affected by the Act, describe the designation process, and discuss building eligibility in these designated areas on the NFIP flood insurance rate map.

Course Objectives:

  • Recognize Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs) on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM)
  • Locate the CBRS and OPA designation dates
  • Utilize the CBRS mapper
  • Find the date of construction for a building
  • Determine building eligibility for NFIP flood insurance
  • Assist property owners with buildings in or near a CBRS boundary

Primary Audience

Insurance Agents, Engineers, Surveyors, Planners, Floodplain Managers, Building Code Officials and local officials who desire more information about Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) and Otherwise Protected Areas (OPAs) on the Flood Insurance Rate Map





Course Length:

1 hour
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