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Pre-conference: Sunday, May 19

10:00 – 5:30 Registration Open
8:00 – 5:30 ASFPM Board and Committee Meeting

This is the annual meeting of the ASFPM Board and Policy Committees. 

9:00 – 5:00 Training Workshop: $80 (includes course materials), 6.5 CECs
Floodplain Management 101 
Instructors: Jennifer Marcy, CFM, Heidi M. Carlin, CFM, and Shanna Michael, CFM

Floodplain Management 101 covers the basic tenets of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and the minimum administrative requirements to successfully implement a community floodplain management program. Participants will learn the fundamentals of individual and local responsibilities for managing flood risks and loss through proper permitting and planning. Topics covered include: NFIP Basics, Maps & Flood Insurance Studies, the Floodplain Manager's Role, and NFIP Compliance. This workshop is targeted at new floodplain managers with less than two years of experience.

Noon – 1:00 Lunch on your own.
1:00 – 3:00

Training Workshop: $45, 2 CECs
The Flood Risk Communication Toolkit for Community Officials
Instructors: Priscilla Scruggs and Peter Herrick, Jr. 

This workshop will introduce participants to the components of the Flood Risk Toolkit for Community Officials and discuss implementation opportunities. The Toolkit is a resource designed by FEMA to assist community officials in their efforts to communicate flood risk to the public. The Toolkit is useful for those new to a position or simply in need of tools to communicate flood risk. This workshop is ideal for participants who don’t have time to wade through the expansive programmatic guidance and who want something timely and immediate that will equip them with enough information to thoughtfully engage with the public.

1:00 – 3:00

Training Workshop: $45, 2 CECs
Engaging Elected Officials in Coastal and Floodplain Management
Instructors: Haley Briel, MS and Alexis Cunnningham, MS

As extreme weather and climate-related events are increasing in frequency and severity, it is particularly important for coastal and floodplain managers to work with their local elected officials and planning and emergency management departments to build resilience at the local level. Join us for an interactive workshop on how floodplain managers can effectively engage and communicate with local elected officials to encourage the development of more resilient communities. This workshop will showcase the new Local Government Guide to Coastal Management and work being done on the ground by Strengthening Coastal Counties’ Resilience communities in the Gulf of Mexico NOAA region.

1:00 – 5:00

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Reducing Flood Risk Through Nonstuctural Floodproofing
Instructors: Lea Adams, PE, Jonh Ingargiola, French Wetmore, CFM, and Gene Barr, CFM

Come learn about nonstructural flood proofing from a range of perspectives, including USACE, FEMA and boots-on-the-ground practitioners and consultants. This workshop will focus on nonstructural measures and techniques that individuals and communities can employ to reduce flood risk, and will include information on federal programs that support nonstructural implementation. This is your chance to connect with experts on the latest in nonstructural methods.

1:00 – 5:00

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Cooperating Technical Partners Boot Camp-Improving Resilience
Instructors: Laura Algeo, PE, Necolle Maccherone, CFM, and Marc Pearson, GISP, CFM

This workshop is modelled after the CTP Special Topics Course at the Emergency Management Institute (EMI), a four-day course which provides students with a deeper understanding of the CTP Program and how it operates. This workshop is a great overview of the CTP Program for students who cannot attend EMI. Attendees will come away with a broad knowledge of the CTP Program and specifics about some of the CTP Program’s key objectives which drive towards increasing awareness, mitigation investments and resilience at the local level.

3:00 - 3:15

First Timer's Orientation

Meet at registration desk. 

5:00 - 5:15 

First Timer's Orientation

Meet at registration desk. 

7:00 – 10:00

Welcome Fest

Hosted by OFMA and their local sponsors. 

For those about to rock! Start off the conference by reconnecting with friends at the Welcome Fest. Live music, food and beverages will be provided. Wear your favorite concert t-shirt for a chance at prizes.

Your badge is your backstage pass/ticket. If you do not have a chance to pick up your badge before registration closes, you can pick it up at Welcome Fest from 6:30-8:30.  Please RSVP on your conference registration form. Guests welcome with a guest registration fee. 






Next Day


Day 1: Monday, May 20

7:00 - 5:00 Registration Open 
8:00 - Noon

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Hands-On HEC-RAS 2D Workshop
Instructors: Garret Johnston, PE, GISP, CFM and Jeremy Dixon, PE, CFM

This workshop covers the new capabilities of HEC-RAS 5.0.6 with a focus on two-dimensional modeling. It alternates between brief lectures and hands-on practice at individual laptops. Participants should have intermediate familiarity with HEC-RAS 1D modeling. Participants will be provided with a printed workbook and flash drives containing a copy of HEC-RAS 5.0.6 and example models. Over the past 2 years, Freese and Nichols instructors have led this workshop for the Texas
Floodplain Management Association, Oklahoma Water Resources Board, Georgia Safe Dams Program, North Carolina Dam Safety, and the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. Participants should bring their own laptops.

8:00 - Noon

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Watershed Modeling with the USACE ERDC GSSHA and WMS Models
Instructor: Charles Downer, PhD, PE, PMP

The FEMA approved USACE Gridded Surface Subsurface Hydrologic Analysis (GSSHA) model is an advanced watershed and floodplain analysis and management tool to allows detailed simulation of fine scaled features, interaction between the flood plain and the stream, as well as groundwater. GSSHA is supported by the Watershed Modeling System (WMS) GUI for locating and retrieving data, model setup, and result visualization. The power Modeling Wizard allows a first pass model to be built of virtually any system in less than an hour.

8:00 - Noon

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Flood Insurance for Floodplain Managers
Instructor: Bruce Bender, CFM

This training module discusses the basics of flood insurance backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) including coverage, rating, policy information, rate and rule changes, and opportunities for flood insurance outreach. This course identifies basic rating elements including compliance and rating elements for enclosures. The differences between Lowest Floor Elevation (LFE) and Base Flood Elevation (BFE), rating differences in A Zones without BFEs, and compliance factors affecting insurance rates are discussed. Resources for outreach and updates will be identified.

8:00 - Noon

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
How Mitigation Reduces Insurance Rates & Improves Resiliency
Instructors:  Becca Fricke-Croft, CFM and Janet Thigpen, CFM

This workshop will use real-life examples and case studies to demonstrate how information documented on Elevation Certificates affects elevation-based flood insurance rates and provide hands-on experience devising strategies for reducing
insurance costs. This will equip participants to assist property owners with identifying and evaluating mitigation options, particularly low-cost or partial mitigation steps that may change the building diagram and/or reduce rates.

8:00 - 9:00

National Policy and Legislative Briefing

Larry Larson, Policy Director Emeritus, Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Merrie Inderfurth, Legislative Liaison, Maria Cox-Lamm, ASFPM Chair

Start your conference week with this popular briefing on national policy and legislations specific to floodplain management. You will also get a briefing on committee work, to direct the rest of your day for special guest speakers and projects in multiple policy committees, open to all attendees.

9:00 – 9:30


Refreshments available in common area. 

9:30 - 11:45

International Policy Committee 

Shana Udvardy, CFM, Bo Juza, Ph.D., CFM, and David Powers, PE, CFM

The International Committee welcomes all conference attendees who are visiting from outside the US, along with attendees who work overseas or have an interest in understanding International Flood Risk Management.

 9:30 - 11:45

Floodplain Regulations Policy Committee

Stacey Ricks, CFM and William Nechamen, CFM

Join the Floodplain Regulations Committee for a discussion of current and pending issues, including FEMA's evolving approach to Endangered Species Act requirements, building code issues, technical bulletins, the Elevation Certificate, and building sciences guidance.

9:30 – 11:45

Mapping & Engineering Standards Policy Committee

9:30 – 11:45

Flood Mitigation Policy Committee

Mitch Paine, CFM and Joy Duperault, CFM

Discussions about new programs and mitigation opportunities including a DRRA update on the new 6% PDM program; guidance on new state management costs; and PA reimbursement process for assistance during post-flood SD assessment.

9:30 – 11:45

Professional Development and Continuing Education Policy Committee

 9:30 - 11:45

Risk Communication & Outreach Policy Committee

Jessica Ludy, CFM and Jen Marcy, CFM

The Risk Communications and Outreach Committee Meeting will include a presentation and discussion about behavioral science and what it can teach us about barriers to flood risk communication and awareness, including a facilitated discussion about the “100-year flood” terminology and possible alternatives.

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation

Meet at registration desk. 

Noon - 1:00 Lunch - grab-n-go kiosk will be available in common area (for purchase). 
Noon - 1:00 

Regional Discussion Meetings

Meet with ASFPM directors, colleagues and partners from your regional districts.

Hosted by ASFPM Regional Directors 

Region 1:  Melinda Hopkins, CFM

Region 2: Jacob Tysz, CFM

Region 3: Necolle Maccherone, CFM

Region 4: Del Schwalls, P.E., CFM

Region 5: Rod Renkenberger, PLS, CFM

Region 6: Michelle Gonzales, CFM

Region 7: Steve Samuelson, CFM

Region 8: Traci Sears, CFM

Region 9: Jeanne Ruefer, PMP, CFM

Region 10: Dave Carlton, P.E., D.WRE, CFM

1:00 - 5:00

Techincal Field Tour: $45 
The Hazard Mitigation & Resilience Tour

The Village of Valley View has worked with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Ohio Emergency Management Agency to implement five hazard mitigation assistance programs and is in the process of implementing two additional programs. The Village of Valley View has implemented two mitigation strategies, the elevation of homes and the acquisition /demolition of homes in Special Flood Hazard Areas. To date, the Village of Valley View has elevated 22 homes and acquired and demolished 9 homes. The tour will visit the two areas in Valley View where the mitigation projects were implemented to view the elevated homes and the green space parcels. The Village Engineering staff will discuss the challenges, difficulties, and successes regarding the implementation of the mitigation programs.

In addition, the tour will visit the West Creek Confluence Restoration Project where a former commercial property in the Special Flood Hazard Area is emerging into a working living floodplain, the Bedload Interception project where sediment is harvested from the Cuyahoga River, the Towpath Trail beside the historic Ohio and Erie Canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the Cuyahoga River at Towpath Bank Stabilization Project where 1,100 feet of eroding bank was stabilized along the Cuyahoga River adjacent to the Towpath Trail and the Ohio and Erie Canal, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Visitor Center with operating locks on the Ohio and Erie Canal, and the Ohio and Erie Canal Aqueduct over Tinkers Creek. Walking will be required for this tour.

1:00 - 3:00

Training Workshop: $45, 2 CECs
FEMA P-348, Protecting Building Utility Systems from Floods
Instructors: Daniel Bass, RA and John Squerciati, PE, CFM

This 2-hour workshop session will provide guidance on designing HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fuel and conveyance systems for greater flood hazard resilience based on FEMA publication P-348. Following a brief discussion of NFIP requirements for building utility systems, this workshop will focus on techniques will be identified to protect large residential and non-residential building systems from flood damage for new construction and improvements where regulatory compliance is required, and best practices for improving the existing building system performance where compliance is not required.

1:00 - 5:00

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
The Road to CRS Class One—The Tulsa Story
Instructors: Bill Robison, PE, CFM and David Arkens, CFM

This workshop will cover how Tulsa manages to maximize their CRS points and overcome obstacles to maintain this rating year after year. The workshop will discuss maximizing CRS points for the activities and minimizing costs associated with continuing activities. The workshop will show CRS points available for activities performed by other agencies. The workshop will also demonstrate the importance of having an effective Program for Public Information (PPI), steps needed to set up this committee and how to draft and complete annual reviews of the PPI program.

1:15 – 3:30

Arid Regions Policy Committee

1:15 – 3:30

Coastal Issues Policy Committee

Lori Cary-Kothera and Tom McDonald Jr., CFM

This session is open to all that are interested in coastal flooding issues. A range of topics will be covered this session including policy updates on key coastal issues, overviews of new tools and data, and updates from Federal partners and coastal state chapters.  You don't want to miss it! 

1:15 – 3:30

Stormwater Management Policy Committee

 1:15 - 3:30

Higher Education Policy Committee

1:15 – 3:30

Flood Insurance Policy Committee

Bruce A. Bender, CFM and Steve Samuelson, CFM

The Flood Insurance Committee invites everyone to come and hear about Risk Rating 2.0 (biggest change to happen to flood insurance rating in 50 years), CRS, EC Update, Rules for Lenders, NFIP Reform, Agriculture Structures and OFIA update. All are welcome.

1:15 – 3:30

Nonstructural Floodproofing Policy Committee

3:30 - 4:00


Refreshments available in common area. 

3:00 - 5:00 CTP Conversation
3:00 - 3:15 

First Timer's Orientation

Meet near registration desk. 

4:00 – 5:00

ASFPM Membership Meeting

All welcome at the ASFPM members meeting for a state of the association report, meet the ASFPM staff, and internal awards thanking key volunteer leaders.

4:00 – 7:00

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam: Pre-register 2 weeks prior

ASFPM will conduct the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam on Monday and Thursday during this conference. Information and the application are online. Go to www.floods.org and drop down the Certification menu for more information about the program. Persons interested in taking this examination must complete the application, pay the fee, and be pre-approved by ASFPM by May 6 in order to qualify. Questions about the CFM Program should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you reside in one of the six nationally accredited states – Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas – you must contact them directly to apply for and arrange to take the exam.
5:00 – 7:00

Exhibits Grand Opening Reception & Silent Auction Commences

Sponsored by: FM Approvals 

All registered attendees and registered guests are welcome to attend the grand opening of the exhibit hall. Enjoy refreshments as you mingle with sponsors, exhibitors, and partners.

View items on display at the silent auction, which supports the ASFPM Foundation's important work for scholarships and state symposia, among other projects. 

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Day 2: Tuesday, May 21

7:00 – 5:00

Registration Open

7:00 – 7:00

Exhibit Hall Open

7:45 – 8:30

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available. 

8:30 – 10:00

Building Resistance, Plenary Session

1. Welcome: Chad Berginnis, CFM, ASFPM Executive Director; Maria Cox-Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR
2. James Dalton, Director of Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
3. Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO, Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
4. Mark Osler, Senior Advisor for Coastal Inundation and Resilience Science and Services, NOAA

Moderator: Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR

10:00 - 10:15

First Timer's Orientation 

Meet near registration desk.

10:00 – 10:30

Break in the Exhibit Hall

Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available. Exhibit viewing and silent auction table will be open. 

10:30 – Noon


Technical Concurrent Sessions Program

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping 
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Dams and Levees
TRACK 8: Showcase

Concurrent Session - A

A1: Flood Risk Communication After Wildfires

  • #FloodAfterFire – An Analysis on Improving Modern Community Engagement and Communications
  • Burn Scars as Building Blocks: Lessons Learned From Flood-After-Fire Risk Communications 
  • Building Community Resilience Through Effective Risk Communication

A2: Flood Insurance Rating

  • Risk Rating Redesign: Progress to Date and Next Steps
  • National Flood Insurance Program Pricing
  • Flood-Impacting-Threshold, InstaScore, and Precision-Rating: New and Powerful Tools for Differentiating Flood Risk

A3: Coastal Resilience Planning and Projects

  • Ridge to Reef and Beyond – The Challenges and Opportunities of Hazard Mitigation in the U.S. Virgin Islands
  • Evaluating the Vulnerability of Infrastructure to Coastal Storms - A Case Study
  • Innovative Coastal Flood Resiliency in Urban Environment: Red Hook Integrated Flood Protection System in NYC

A4: State Mapping Initiatives

  • Floodplain mapping without (largely) FEMA – the Indiana Floodplain Mapping project
  • The Maryland Resiliency Partnership: State Collaboration takes Risk MAP to New Levels
  • New Vermont Mapping, Regulation, and Training to Enhance Floodplain Protection

A5: When Hurricanes (In)Validate Models

  • From Swamp, to River, to Gulf: Complex 2D Modeling of the Withlacoochee River, Solved
  • Using Hurricane Harvey Data to Calibrate FEMA Risk MAP Study
  • Interpreting Uncertainty in New River Basin Forecasts During Hurricanes Florence and Michael

A6: FEMA/Corps Levee Safety Session

  • The Levee Safety Reunion Tour: Bringing the Band Back Together

A7: Local Stream Restoration Case Studies

  • West Water Run Stream Restoration and Flood Mitigation Project
  • Reducing Flood Risk by Restoring Natural Processes: The Sidney Greenplain Project
  • Rehabilitating an Urban Stream within a Multi-Modal Infrastructure Project

A8: Showcase 

Noon – 1:30

Keynote Luncheon, ASFPM Foundation Spotlight

Your badge is your entry ticket with FULL registration. A la carte tickets are available at registration desk. 

1:00 - 5:00

Techincal Field Tour: $45 
Rockin' Projects in Euclid Creek Tour

This tour will first visit the Euclid Creek Lacustuary Restoration, an ambitious project in a heavily used public park to help restore a stream to its historic channel and expand available habitat within the lacustuary area of Euclid Creek. The project had to meet stringent criteria from the Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) for managing and passing elevated stream flows and had to provide local recreational opportunities. Next, the Euclid Creek ACOE Flood Control Channel will be visited. This channel was constructed to address localized issues within the watershed, but a historic lack of maintenance allowed shoaling to develop in the rolled concrete channel which resulted in creation of improved in-stream habitat and has been allowed to remain. Then the tour will visit the Cleveland Metroparks Acacia Reservation Ecological Restoration. This 155-acre former country club became a park in 2012 and was partial reforestation, stream daylighting, and wetland recreation should result in water quality improvements and the reduction of stormwater to Euclid Creek over time. Finally, the tour will stop at the Willoughby-Eastlake School of Innovation habitat and floodplain restoration project. The design included rehabilitated creeks by raising the stream invert using cobble riffle structures and grading a floodplain bench. The stream was re-routed to the old channel and a riffle ford crossing was installed. The school was very involved with the project, including helping re-establish the native riparian woody vegetation along the floodplain. Walking will be required for this tour.

1:30 - 5:30

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
New FEMA P-784, Substantial Damage Estimator Version 3.0
Instructors: Jenny Peffer and Aaron Rupp, PMP, CSM

This hands-on workshop provides training on Substantial Damage estimating and use of the SDE Tool, which was recently updated to version 3.0 with enhanced performance, data accessibility, and usability. The workshop will provide users with basic knowledge of how to determine substantial damage using the tool, including field inspections and assessments, data collection and entry, evaluation and determination of the percent damage for each structure element, quality control, and data assessment, as well as use of the SDE results at the local level in new construction or repair processes. Best practices will be discussed.

1:30 - 5:30

Training Workshop: No fee, but pre-registration is required, 3.5 CECs
State Floodplain Manager 1 on 1 - Mentoring Workshop (state employees only) 

1:30 - 5:30 

Training Workshop: $45, 3.5 CECs
Incorporating Natural Floodplain Functions into Mitigation
Instructors: Eileen Shader, CFM, Mike Kline, and Dave Fowler, DCL, CFM

The overall objective for this workshop is to provide technical advice and practical examples of implemented projects that will help floodplain managers plan, design and implement flood hazard mitigation projects that will protect, and restore natural and beneficial functions of floodplains. The workshop will also provide guidance on integrating and promoting multiple water quality benefits within the project by incorporating practices for non-point runoff reduction, reduction in channel erosion, sediment and nutrient load reduction, and habitat improvements for sustaining aquatic life. These benefits can often be overlooked by floodplain managers. The workshop is important because of federal and state policy changes and trends driving funding to use of natural infrastructure/nature-based approaches in flood risk management that achieve multiple benefits.

1:45 – 3:15

ASFPM Chapter Meeting

Chapters are encouraged to sponsor one chapter board member's attendance at the 2019 conference as their representative at this year's ASFPM Chapter Meeting. All chapter board members and committee chairs are invited to attend.

 1:45 – 3:15


TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Stormwater
TRACK 7: Tech
TRACK 8: Showcase 

Concurrent Session - B

B1: Research Findings and Risk Communication

  • Leveraging Behavioral Insights to Improve Messaging and Increase Insurance Coverage
  • The Evolution of Communicating Risk: A Conversation with FEMA's Data and Communications Branch
  • Why take a rational approach to a predictably irrational problem? Understanding the role of mental shortcuts and cognitive biases in the way our brains process risk and probability

B2: CRS: National and State Perspectives

  • Community Rating System Update: Plain and Simple!
  • How State Assistance with GIS Helps Communities Say ‘Yes’ to CRS
  • One Dose of DMA and Two Doses of CRS: A "Cure" for a Successful Hazard Mitigation Plan

B3: FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grants and Policy

  • HMA Application Development and Review – Applying Best Practices and Lessons Learned
  • FEMA Mitigation and Disaster Grants – Facts, Myths and Legends
  • Seeking Higher Ground: Timeframes and Characteristics of FEMA-Funded Floodplain Buyouts

B4: CTP Showcase

  • Flood Risk CHAMPions
  • Leveraging Technical Assistance to Enhance Local Awareness and Mitigation Through Risk MAP
  • Lessons from the Field, CTP Program Project Management Best Practices

B5: Identifying and Mitigating Building-Specific Risk

  • Floodplain Buyout Program Prioritization Using Community-wide Watershed Models
  • The Nuts & Bolts of Probabilistic Modeling (and why it’s awesome)
  • Incorporating Uncertainty of First Floor Elevations into Flood Risk Assessment Modeling

B6: Stormwater Management at the Watershed Level

  • Evaluating and Selecting Release Rates for Specific Watersheds in Cook County
  • Stormwater Management:  A Regional Approach
  • Stormwater Master Plan Solutions: Stream Flooding/Erosion Mitigation in the Cuyahoga River Watershed

B7: Post-Disaster Tech

  • Artificial Intelligence: Pioneering New Tools for Efficient Flood Damage Estimation
  • NASA Disasters Program Support of Hurricane Florence Response
  • Rapid Deployment of Small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) for Post-Hurricane Disaster Assessment

B8: Showcase 

3:15 – 3:45

Break in the Exhibit Hall

Snacks and refreshments will be available. Exhibit viewing and silent auction table will be open.

3:45 – 5:15

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: MItigation
TRACK 4: Mapping
TRACK 5: Modeling 
TRACK 6: Dams and Levees
TRACK 7: Post-Disaster
TRACK 8: Showcase 

Concurrent Session - C

C1: Flood Risk Disclosure: Intersection of Regulations and Risk Communication

  • Improving Disclosure Laws so Home Buyers are Not Kept in the Dark about Flood Risk
  • Engaging Real Estate Agents in Flood Risk Communication
  • Dam Ownership Risks and Burdens: Raising Public Awareness through Educating Real Estate Agents

C2: Holistic/Watershed Floodplain Management

  • Louisiana Watershed Initiative - Working Together for Sustainability and Resilience
  • Learn How FEMA-USFWS-NMFS Partner to Promote Conservation of Threatened and Endangered Species
  • The Puyallup Watershed: A Case Study in Integrated Floodplain Management

C3: Professional Research on Hazard Mitigation Policy

  • Flood Mitigation and Sea Level Rise Adaptation Driven by Municipal Credit Rating
  • Pluvial Flood Risk
  • Profiles in Flood Mitigation: Overcoming Barriers to Designing and Implementing Effective Policies

C4: Mapping Urban Flood Risk

  • Who’ll Map the Rain? Capturing Pluvial Flood Risk
  • Equity and Resilience in Urban Flooding: The Elephant in the Room
  • Flooding Outside the Lines:  Applying TWI to the Problem of Urban Flooding

C5: Creative Methods for Real-Time Forecasting

  • Adapting National Water Model Forecast Data to Local Hyper-Resolution H&H
  • "Hurry"cane Modeling: Forecast Modeling to Optimize Limited Resources with Limited Time
  • PSEG-LI Stormsurge Flood Modeling and Flood Mapping for Long Island New York using waterRIDE™

C6: Mapping Dam and Levee Risk

  • Reaching Milestones in Mapping Non-accredited Levees
  • Uses of DSS-WISE to support Risk Map: Tips, Tricks and Tools for Rapid Inundation Risk Modeling
  • A GIS-Based Tool to Prioritize FEMA Levee Mapping Updates

C7: Lessons Learned for Substantial Damage Determinations

  • Substantially Damaged...Again
  • Lessons Learned from Four Years of Substantial Damage Assessments in South Carolina
  • Answers to Questions about Substantial Damage in the Post-Disaster Environment

C8: Showcase 

3:45 - 5:15 

8th Annual ASFPM Foundation Student Paper Competition

Judges: ASFPM Foundation Trustees

5:15 – 7:15

Exhibits Reception & Silent Auction 

Sponsored by: Ascend

All registered attendees and registered guests are welcome to attend. Enjoy refreshments as you mingle with sponsors, exhibitors, and partners.

View items on display at the silent auction, which supports the ASFPM Foundation's important work for scholarships and state symposia, among other projects.

  Open Evening - Enjoy Your Night in Cleveland!

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Day 3: Wednesday, May 22

7:00 – 5:00 

Registration Open 

6:45 – 3:30

Exhibit Hall Open 

6:45 – 8:30

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available. 

7:00 – 10:00

Running of the Chapters - ASFPM  7th Annual 5k Fun Run & Walk

Join us for the annual ASFPM Conference 5k run/walk event! This year's race, "Rock N Run on the North Coast", will be held at beautiful Edgewater Park in Cleveland. Bus service will be provided from a pick up location near the conference hotels. The cost to register is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Participants can register for the event here.

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session
National Flood Insurance Program: Reauthorization and Implementation Issues

Panel Members:
1. David Maurstad, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, Chief Executive of the NFIP, FEMA
2. Susan Amus, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
3. Austin Perez, Senior Policy Representative, National Association of Realtors (NAR)
4. Rob Moore, Senior Policy Analyst, Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Moderator: Chad Berginnis, CFM, ASFPM Executive Director

10:00 – 10:30

Break in the Exhibit Hall

Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available. Exhibit viewing will be open. This is your final chance to bid on auction items, as the silent auction closes at 10:30. 

10:30 – Noon

States Roundtable Discussion

Special Session for State Floodplain Managers and Hazard Mitigation Officers - Invitation Only

 10:30 – Noon

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Stormwater 

Concurrent Session - D

D1: Innovations and Technology in Risk Communication

  • Next Generation Information and Communication Systems for Flooding
  • Making Mitigation Mainstream
  • The Observed Flood Extent: Using Multispectral Satellite Imagery to Detect and Map Historical Flood Events

D2: Social Justice Factors in Floodplain Management

  • Low Income Populations: Underrepresented Socially; Overrepresented as Victims of Natural Disasters. Using  the Law to Solve a Serious Problem
  • Socioeconomic Factors Affecting Coastal Communities' Participation in CRS
  • Equity & Social Justice: What King County, Washington is Doing to Manage Floodplains More Equitably

D3: Risk Assessments to Improve Transportation Infrastructure Resilience

  • Resiliency, Emergency Management, Case Studies, Applied & Academic Research
  • Using Best Available Floodplain Information to Increase Resiliency
  • Assessing the Vulnerability of Transportation Infrastructure to Climate Stressors in San Diego, California

D4: Mapping Issues with Sea Level Rise and Coastal Erosion

  • 30-Years of FEMA Sea Level Rise Studies and Future Focus Areas
  • Great Lakes Coastal Flood Hazard Studies Are More Than Meets the Eye
  • Modernizing Coastal Erosion and the Primary Frontal Dune

D5: Modeling for Local Flood Risk Planning

  • Lisbon Flooding Problematics - Proactive Decision-Making Supported by a Novel Integrated Numerical Modeling Approach
  • Regional Flooding Challenges and Approaches – City of Canfield Bradford-Briarcliff Flood Mitigation Study
  • Two-Dimensional Floodplain Modeling in Downtown Baltimore

D6: Stormwater Asset Management Tools

  • An Urban Stream Manager’s Guide to Field-Based Master Planning
  • GIS Showcase: FPA Tools for Stormwater Management
  • Enhancing Your Asset Management Strategy - Innovative Approaches in Stormwater Asset Collection and Evaluation
Noon - 1:30

Lunch on Your Own

Exhibit viewing will be open. 

12:30 – 1:30

Chapter Networking Lunch

Please bring your own lunch. 

1:30 – 3:00

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping 
TRACK 5: Modeling  
TRACK 6: Dams and Levees 
TRACK 8: Coastal 
TRACK 9: States Day

Concurrent Session - E

E1: State and Local Risk Communication Initiatives 1

  • Denver FloodWalk: Visualizing Flood Risk in an Urban Park
  • Letting it Flow: Sharing Local Stories that Inspire Personal Mitigation Action
  • Digital Outreach and Education for Rural Communities

E2: Floodplain Management Policy and Regulations

  • The BFEs Are(n’t) All Right: An Assessment of Elevation Certificates and Implications to the NFIP
  • A Cumulative Standard for Substantial Improvement: Our Rocket to the Moon
  • Managing Urban Floodplains in Fort Worth, Texas

E3: Mitigation through Better Building Performance

  • Evaluating your FPM building design and construction requirements in a post-disaster environment
  • Building Performance and Outreach after the Recent Hurricanes
  • Predicting Flood Damage using Probability Theory

E4: FEMA Mapping Tools and Resources

  • FEMA Flood Map Tools for Floodplain Managers
  • Capturing Data Delivery on the FEMA GeoPlatform
  • Supporting Local Government through Advisory Products and GIS Analysis

E5: 2D Modeling for State Programs

  • Regulating 2D Models – Opportunities and Lessons Learned from CHAMP
  • The Future of BLE Data: How Louisiana is Using BLE Data to Supplement Their CTP Program
  • Moving Forward in Kentucky: Approaches to 2D Modeling and Risk MAP Integration

E6: Dam and Levee Systems Management

  • Interfaces between Earthen Levees and Hard Structures: Understanding and Managing their Performance
  • Estimating and Evaluating Spillway Capacities of Guadalupe Valley Hydroelectric System Dams on Guadalupe River, Texas
  • Dam Rehabilitation Grant Program-  Incorporating mitigation and floodplain management to reduce risk

E7: Restoring Natural and Beneficial Functions

  • Healthy Wetlands, Healthy Watersheds: Leveraging State Wetland Restoration and Protection Programs to Improve Watershed Health
  • Restoring More Natural and Beneficial Functions of Floodplains
  • The Floodplain Explorer: Prioritizing Floodplain Restoration in the Mississippi River Basin

E8: Sea Level Rise Adaptation

  • Retreating for Resilience: Legal and Policy Tools for Relocating Development from Floodplains
  • Adapting to Climate Change vs Traditional Flood Mitigation – What’s the Difference?
  • U.S. Federal Climate Resiliency Policy: Is it Advancing or Retreating?

E9: State Day - Mitigation

  • 15 Years as a SHMO - Lessons Learned
  • Community Technical Assistance: A Model for Mitigation Action
  • Successfully Integrating Climate Adaptation into the Massachusetts Hazard Mitigation Plan
3:00 – 3:30

Break and Final Exhibits Viewing in the Exhibit Hall

Snacks and refreshments will be available. This is the final time to view exhibits. 

3:30 – 5:00

TRACK 1: Warning Systems 
TRACK 3: MItigation
TRACK 4: Mapping
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Stormwater
TRACK 7: Post-Disaster 
TRACK 8: Coastal 
TRACK 9: States Day

Concurrent Session - F

F1: Local Flood Warning Systems

  • Real-Time Dynamic Flood Inundation Mapping
  • North Central Texas Collaborates on Flood Warning: A Cooperative Success Story
  • The Future Is Now:  Flood Forecasting in Harris County, Texas

F2: Guidance for Local Floodplain Administrators

  • Floodplain Forms: Floodplain Management Streamlined
  • Navigating the New EC: Understanding the Changes and Updates to the FEMA Elevation Certificate
  • Floodplain Management within a 2D Floodplain/Floodway Special Flood Hazard Area

F3: Floodproofing Successes

  • Dry-floodproofing: Recent Case Studies in NYC
  • Stories of Resilience: How Smart Companies Out-Smart Floods
  • Floodproofing Critical Infrastructure: the Tacoma Central Treatment Plant Flood Protection Project

F4: Advances in Mapping

  • LOMA’s for the Masses – A quick guide to multiple LiDAR LOMAs
  • MAAPnext - A Next Step to Evolving Floodplain Mapping
  • Informing floodplain management and hazard communication through probabilistic flood inundation maps

F5: Modeling Waves and Coastal Erosion

  • Wave Overtopping - A Key Piece in Predicting Coastal Flood Hazards
  • Modeled Storm Impacts Validated: Lake Ontario Spring 2017 Flooding Event
  • Modeling and Mapping Applications for Wave Overtopping on the Great Lakes

F6: Local Holistic Stormwater Management Approaches

  • Using Regional Stormwater Solutions to Promote Quality Sustainable Development
  • 7th Avenue Creek Flood Mitigation and Flood Reduction Master Plan: Developing a Plan to Meet Multiple Objectives and Funding Opportunities
  • Robbins, IL : Re-imagining Stormwater Investment

F7: Post-Disaster Responses to Recent Events

  • Emergency Home Repairs Virgin Islands – Creating the Program Identity to Achieve Success
  • Implementation of Hazard Mitigation under the Sector-Based Approach in Puerto Rico
  • Positioning Mitigation Success in Puerto Rico Post-Maria

F8: Coastal Decision Support Tools

  • Coastal Barrier Resources System Tools and Data Updates from the USFWS and FEMA
  • Adapting Stormwater Management for Coastal Floods
  • Community Involvement with the Monitoring of Water Levels and King Tide Events

F9: State Day - NFIP

  • SCORE CAVs - A New Strategy on Building Regional and Statewide Flood Resiliency
  • First Steps to Correcting Violations
  • The EMAC Solution to Floodplain Recovery
3:30 – 5:00

NFFA Meeting 

5:30 – 7:30

Foundation Donors Reception and Live Auction (invitation only)


Open Evening - Enjoy Your Night in Cleveland!

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Day 4: Thursday, May 23

7:00 – 5:00  Registration Open 
6:45 – 8:30


Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available in the common area. 

7:00 – 8:15

Early Bird Sessions – Hot Issues Discussions

8:30 – 10:00

Plenary Session
Making It Work: Flood Risk Management - Best Management Practices

1. Steve Ferryman, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ohio Emergency Management Agency
2. Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR
3. Skip Stiles, Executive Director, Wetlands Watch

10:00 – 10:30


Continental breakfast and refreshments will be available in the common area. 

10:30 – Noon

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation A 
TRACK 4: Mapping 
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Dams and Levees 
TRACK 7: Tech 
TRACK 8: Mitigation B 

Concurrent Session - G

G1: Communication During a Crisis

  • Communicating Flood Risk during Hurricane Florence in Eastern North Carolina
  • NC FIMAN: Hurricane Florence Success Stories and Future Vision
  • Communicating the Risk from Coastal Storms: An Unresolved Issue

G2: Local CRS Successes

  • Success with CRS: Lessons from Class 2 Communities
  • Class 5 CRS Community – It Can be Done
  • Repetitive Loss Area Analysis: Why Everyone Needs One

G3: Hazard Mitigation and Resilience Planning

  • David, Meet Goliath: How Small Communities are Facing Down Big Flood Issues
  • Integrating Natural and Nature-based Infrastructure into Hazard Mitigation Plans: Creating Resilient and Sustainable Communities
  • A Resilient Rancheria: Using Hazard Mitigation Plans to Centralize Information for Funding

G4: Predictive Inundation Mapping

  • Advanced Forecasting and Mapping of Catastrophic Flood Inundation in South Carolina
  • Leverage it! Part 1: Models, Gages, and Topo… Forecasting Flood Damage
  • Mapping the Flood Forecast – USACE Case Studies from 2017 and 2018 Hurricanes

G5: Leveraging Existing Data for Large Scale Modeling

  • 21st Century Technology to Support 21st Century Flooding Solutions: Use of LiDAR, UAEs, and High Performance 2D Numerical GPU Flood Simulations in the Cloud
  • Enhancing Large-Scale 2D Hydraulic Models to Refined Local 2D Models with Floodways
  • Base Level Engineering: 2D Methods from the Mountains to the Plains

G6: Complex Levee Projects

  • The Levee Vortex: Reaching Escape Velocity, Finally...Or Did We?
  • The Intersection of Roads and Levees: Challenges of Managing Dual Infrastructure
  • The Cannon Drive Levee: Flood Protection at The Ohio State University

G7: Sensors and Blockchain Applications in Floodplain Management

  • Enhanced Floodplain Management through the use of Widely Distributed Flood Sensor Networks
  • Improving Dam Safety with Smart City Sensors
  • Improving Flood Insurance Compliance, Monitoring, Claims Processing, and Risk Assessments using Blockchain Technology

G8: Urban Flooding Mitigation Success

  • Preparing for the New Normal and Challenging the Process for Integrated and Large Scale Solutions for Mitigation
  • Participatory Approaches to Increasing Flood Resilience at Urban Areas: Cases in the US and The Netherlands
  • 56th & Morton – Lincoln, NE - Flood Mitigation Takes Time, Money, and Cooperation: A Story of Persistence
Noon – 1:45

ASFPM National Awards Luncheon 

Sponsored by: Guidehouse

Your badge is your entry ticket with FULL registration. A la carte tickets are available at registration desk.

And invitation to the ASFPM 2020 Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. 

1:00 - 5:00 

Techincal Field Tour: $45
Green Infrastructure Gig 

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District has pursued opportunities across its programs for strategic and cost-effective implementation of green infrastructure technologies that protect, preserve, enhance, and restore the natural hydrologic function of watersheds and sewersheds within their service area. They have implemented green infrastructure features that enhance co-benefits where possible, including expansion of urban natural areas, enhancing neighborhoods, providing economic development opportunities, and enhancement of air quality and quality of life. This tour will visit 5 green infrastructure projects in urban areas completed by the District as part of their Project Clean Lake, a 25-year program to reduce combined sewer overflows to Lake Erie. District staff will discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with siting, designing, constructing, and maintaining green infrastructure to store, infiltrate, and/or evapotranspirate stormwater to increase resiliency of the existing sewer infrastructure and to reduce combined sewer overflow volumes.

 2:00 - 3:30

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping 
TRACK 5: Modeling A
TRACK 6: Stormwater 
TRACK 8: Modeling B 

Concurrent Session - H

H1: Partnerships in Risk Communication

  • The Together Project - Tiger Creek Nature Park: A New Paradigm
  • Ohio Silver Jackets Flood Risk Management Success Projects
  • Sharing Leadership: Building Mitigation Coalitions that Do More than Just Talk

H2: Flood Insurance: Uses, Changes, and Reports

  • Flood Insurance As a Tool Of Community Resiliency
  • Don’t Stop Believin’ - Believing in Change and our Commitment to Customers
  • The Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA) 2018 Annual Report and Progress Report

H3: Advice and Lessons Learned for Flood Elevation Projects

  • Home Elevation is the Most Viable Option of Flood Mitigation
  • Simplifying FMA Projects by Removing the Locality from the Contracts
  • An Elevation Company Experience After Sandy in NY/NJ

H4: CNMS Applications

  • Mapping the Unmapped: Where do we Start?
  • CNMS for Coastal Risk Management, What communities need to know
  • Submitting Flood Hazard Mapping Needs to FEMA and Tracking Flood Study Actions

H5: Modeling for Transportation Design and Mitigation

  • Overcoming Barriers in the Use of 2D Hydraulic Modeling
  • Testing the Waters: How H&H and Drainage Drive the Texas Bullet Train
  • Understanding Flood Resiliency in Princeville, North Carolina

H6: Stormwater BMPs on the Horizon

  • Nature-Based Solutions to Flooding, Drought, and Groundwater Decline
  • Experiences with Erosion Control Applications across the United States
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure for Increased Resiliency and Flood Risk Reduction

H7: Natural and Beneficial Function Restoration and Floodplain Management

  • Targeted Stream Restoration
  • Case Studies of Floodplain and Stream Restoration Projects and their Potential Use for Flood Hazard Mitigation and Community Resilience
  • Assessing floodplain function for more informed land use decision making

H8: Evaluating Complicated Hydrology

  • Assessment of Uncertainty in Doppler Radar Estimated Precipitation
  • Application of Bulletin 17C on the Arkansas and Colorado Rivers
  • Rethinking the Applicability of Current Flood Frequency Analysis for the 1% and 0.2% Events
 2:00 - 4:00

Training Workshop: $45, 2 CECs
Resilience Scorecard: How to Evaluate Networks of Plans
Instructors: Jaime Masterson, AICP and Justin Kates, CEM

A new plan integration method is helping communities clear a major hurdle toward rebounding from disasters. The major hurdle is systematizing all of the different plans a community has -- such as those for transportation, parks, economic development, hazard mitigation, emergency management and comprehensive land use – so that they work together to reduce vulnerabilities to hazards.The method, developed by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence partner Texas A&M University, provides a way to solve this problem using spatial evaluation.

2:00 - 4:00

Training Workshop: $45, 2 CECs
LOMR/CLOMR Process Best Practices for a Successful Submittal
Instructors: Daven Patel, PE, CFM and Alex Haptermariam, PE, CFM

This workshop will be educating and helping requesters, community officials (floodplain managers), engineers, and other state reviewers involved in MT-2 Letters of Map Revision (LOMR), and Conditional Letters of Map Revisions (CLOMR) submittals. STARR II currently reviews MT-2 submittals in FEMA Regions 2, 5, 7, 9, and 10; and this workshop will provide an overview of the MT-2 process and FEMA regulations and focus on best practices that can be followed to ensure a successful submittal.

2:30 - 5:30

Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM®) Exam

ASFPM will conduct the Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam on Monday and Thursday during this conference. Information and the application are online. Go to www.floods.org and drop down the Certification menu for more information about the program. Persons interested in taking this examination must complete the application, pay the fee, and be pre-approved by ASFPM by May 6 in order to qualify. Questions about the CFM Program should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you reside in one of the six nationally accredited states – Arkansas, Illinois, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas – you must contact them directly to apply for and arrange to take the exam.

3:30 – 4:00


Snacks and refreshments will be available in the common area. 

4:00 – 5:30

TRACK 1: Risk Communication
TRACK 3: Mitigation
TRACK 4: Mapping
TRACK 5: Modeling
TRACK 6: Dams and Levees 
TRACK 7: Post-Disaster

Concurrent Session - J

J1: State and Local Risk Communication Initiatives 2

  • Comprehensive Floodplain Management and Mitigation Information at Your Fingertips
  • Blue Moon: Kentucky’s Contributions to FEMA's Moonshots
  • A Tool to be “In The Know” Prior to Your Next Community Meeting

J2: International Perspectives on Flood Risk Management

  • Is it Time to Ditch the 1%?  (...and I'm not Talking About Wall Street)
  • Flood Risk Management in Germany – The Impact of the EU-Flood Directive and Lessons Learned from the 2002 and 2013 floods
  • Taking Levees into Account in Flood Maps: Comparing US and France

J3: Risk Assessments

  • OpenHazus: the Future of FEMA’s Hazus Loss Estimation Tool
  • Making Rhode Island Small Businesses Resilient to Flooding and Severe Storms
  • A Beautiful Flood Barrier: One Part of Calgary’s Multi-layered Approach to Flood Resiliency

J4: Elevation Data & Datums

  • Changing Flood Reference Elevations is Relative but it is a Big Deal!
  • Digging for Datums and Aligning Aerial Imagery
  • The 3D Nation Elevation Requirements and Benefits Study - Preliminary Results

J5: Wait, You Want to Model What? Modeling Unique Features

  • What Happens When the Bottom Drops Out?
  • Regional Flooding Challenges and Approaches – Huntington, WV Flood Mitigation Study
  • Save Fame Studios: 2D Sinkholes with Floodways in Muscle Shoals, Alabama

J6: Risk Communication and Planning for Dams and Levees

  • How A Multiple Dam EAP Table Top Exercise is a Win-Win Situation
  • Assessment of USACE Collaborative Levee Flood Risk Communication Initiative: Challenges & Lessons Learned
  • Lessons Learned from 20+ Flood Response Plans

J7: Post-Disaster Actions and Processes

  • The SBA Disaster Loan Program: Preparedness, Recovery, Insurance Requirements and Mitigation
  • Unveiling of the FEMA Coastal Disaster Data Playbook
  • Post-Disaster Data Analytics- Transforming Recovery Decision-Making

J8: Flood Map Change Processes

  • Advancements and New Initiatives Impacting MT-1 Letter of Map Change Processing
  • Using LiDAR to Support Letter of Map Amendments (LOMAs): What Submitters Need to Know
  • Those Maddening Approximate A Zones -- Case Studies and Proposed Holistic Solutions
7:00 – 11:00

Networking Reception - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Included with FULL Registration, $50 a la carte

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, located on the shore of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland, recognizes and archives the history of the best-known and most influential artists, producers, engineers, and other notable figures who have had some major influence on the development of rock and roll. Eat, drink, and explore as you walk through one of the most impressive collections of memorabilia ever assembled — from John Lennon’s guitar to hip-hop pioneer Jam Master Jay’s gold chains.

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