Forerunner changelog
Forerunner changelog
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Select Alternative FIRM Panel

Our Property Info Panel displays FIRM panel number to help you with NFIP recordkeeping. Some of your properties might fall on more than one FIRM panel. In these instances, we'll select one and provide you with the option to change the determination. When more than one panel intersects with a parcel, the FIRM Panel value will be underlined. Clicking the panel number will open FIRM Panel Determination modal window populated with alternative FIRM Panel and Effective Date options. Choose the right Panel for the property and click Save.

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Log Exports Date Picker

We've improved the Export function in Logs by making it more flexible. You can now select a custom date range in the export modal, instead of choosing by CRS cycle. To view this change, navigate to Logs in the dark blue sidebar and click Export.

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FIRM Panels Layer

We've added a new panel layer to your Forerunner map. You can access it by clicking the layers icon in the bottom right-hand corner of your Map . Under FIRMs you'll see a new toggle option titled Panels. Panels are toggled off by default. Turning them on will show you how your community is subdivided into FIRM Panels!

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Flood Information Center EC Search

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Your residents can now search for Elevation Certificates on your Flood Information Center website. This added functionality should help eliminate confusion and enable a better user experience for website visitors. You'll find that it has automatically been added to the left-hand sidebar on your /elevation-certificates page. Type an address in the search bar under Street Address to search!

NFIP & Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevations

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Residents and stakeholders inquire about properties in the flood zones for a multitude of reasons. Depending on their needs, you might want to present information pertaining to flood insurance or building development regulations. This can make determining the Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) from your Elevation Certificates tricky.

For flood insurance, you might only want to know what the Lowest Floor Elevation is for your Effective FIRM. For regulatory compliance, you might want to factor in your Preliminary FIRM and/or your Coastal A regulations. To accommodate these needs, we've expanded our Lowest Floor Elevation logic to label both NFIP LFEs and Regulatory LFEs. These new labels can be found in the Building info section of your Property Info Panel. In many instances, the Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) will be the same for both Regulatory and NFIP applications. In these cases, there will be only one Lowest Floor Elevation row with two labels (NFIP and Regulatory). Where the LFEs differ, you'll find that there are two rows marked Lowest Floor Elevation, with each one marked NFIP or Regulatory. Here's what the labels mean:

  • NFIP: When a Lowest Floor Elevation is marked NFIP, this means that it is the LFE as determined using your community's Effective FIRM.
  • Regulatory: When a Lowest Floor Elevation is marked Regulatory, this means that it is the LFE as determined using the most restrictive flood zone between your community's Effective and Preliminary FIRMs. Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevation will also treat properties in Coastal A Zones as V Zone properties when calculating the LFE value.

If you'd like to learn more about how Lowest Floor Elevations (LFEs) differ by flood zone, check out our Help Desk or contact us at support@withforerunner.com.

Coastal A Zones

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Coastal A Zone (CAZ) logic has been added to the Property Info Panel. For those of you who enforce V Zone regulations in Coastal A Zones, this should help call out applicable properties and measurements. You'll find that this logic shows up in a couple of places:

  • In the FIRM info section of your Property Info Panel. There is a new Yes/No row titled In Coastal A Zone. If you regulate your Coastal A Zone but don't see the new row in the FIRM info section of your Property Info Panel, reach out to us at support@withforerunner.com to turn it on.
  • In Lowest Floor Elevation determinations. If an Elevation Certificate is available for a property, Lowest Floor Elevations (LFEs) are called out in the Building info section of your Property Info Panel. Two types of Lowest Floor Elevations are defined: NFIP and Regulatory (more on that here). We now factor in Coastal A Zone logic into the determinations for Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevations. If a parcel is located in a Coastal A Zone, we will use the logic that the Lowest Floor Guide outlines for V Zones to determine which Elevation Certificate measurement should be marked as the parcel's Regulatory Lowest Floor Elevation. To learn more about how this is done, please refer to our Help Desk.

Log Update: Insurance Information Given via Email

We've added an additional dropdown option for answering How was insurance information given? in your resident logs (under Discussion). You'll find that, in addition to Verbally and Handout, Email now appears as a third mode of distribution.

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In-Dashboard Help Resources

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You can now access this changelog and our Help Center in your Forerunner Dashboard! This will be handy in unblocking you if you run into some of the common questions our users have when using Forerunner. To access the resources, click on the ? icon at the bottom right-hand corner of your dashboard (Hint: It's located above the Log Out button on the dark blue sidebar). You'll find two navigation options:

  • Help Center. This will take you to a Help resource with quick guides, FAQs, and documentation about our methodology.
  • Release Notes. Release Notes will take you to this changelog, where you will continue to find documentation of updates made to Forerunner.

Of course, as always, you can also reach us at support@withforerunner.com to get help or chat about feature additions.

SI/SD Summary Improvement

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We've added Full Market Assessed Value to your Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Summary Table. To view the change, navigate to the SI/SD section of your Property Info Panel. This will make it easier for you to evaluate improvements and damages at a glance!

Change Flood Zone & BFE for Parcels in Multiple Flood Zones

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By default, Forerunner displays the most restrictive flood zone and BFE for parcels that intersect more than one flood zone. This update allows you to change that determination for parcels spanning multiple. This might be applicable when a parcel's structure is entirely in a less-restrictive flood zone. In that circumstance, you might want to change the flood zone and BFE to more accurately represent the structure's risk.

To access this capability, open the Property Info Panel. Parcels spanning multiple flood zones show a message that reads:

The selected parcel is intersected by different zones. We chose the most restrictive determination for the parcel but the actual determination for the structure may differ. You can change any incorrect values by clicking on the underlined values above.

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Select a different flood zone by clicking the parcel's value for Flood Zone (this value is underlined and beneath the FIRM Info heading). On the next screen, titled Effective FIRM Determination or Preliminary FIRM Determination , you can view possible flood zones for the parcel along with corresponding BFE (FIRM) and BFE depth values.

Click to select the correct flood zone, then hit Save. You can also make this edit by clicking on the BFE (FIRM) value!