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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 Discussion 

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 Discussion

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 Discussion

Dave Knipe, P.E., CFM and Steve Story

Join the Engineering and Mapping Standards committee for an update on the FEMA floodplain mapping program from Luis Rodriguez and Rick Sacbibit from FEMA, and an update on the historic perspectives on Floodway identification from Al Luloff of ASFPM. We also plan to discuss the issues surrounding defining floodways with 2-D hydraulic models.

9:30 – 11:45

Flood Mitigation Policy Discussion

Mitch Paine, CFM and Joy Duperault, CFM

Join us at 9:30 am sharp to hear from Eric Letvin, FEMA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Mitigation. Eric will be sharing information about the new “Building Resilience for Infrastructure & Communities” funding program (DRRA 1234, “BRIC”-- the replacement for PDM beginning this year); new HMGP management costs (DRRA 1215); and a little bit about the renewed push to incorporate 406 mitigation into PA projects under FEMA’s new branch, “the Community Infrastructure Resilience Branch.” Bring all of your mitigation questions—Eric is THE source for answers!

9:30 – 11:45

Professional Development and Continuing Education Policy Discussion 

Jessica Baker, P.E., PMP, CFM and Lori Rafferty, P.E., CFM

At the 2019 PDCEC meeting, we will review our certification benchmarking survey results and share new comparisons of the CFM program to other industry programs. We will also review our Ethics for Floodplain Managers course goals.

 9:30 - 11:45

Risk Communication & Outreach Policy Discussion

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 Discussion

Bob Davies, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, CFM and Jeanne Ruefer, PMP, CFM

The Arid Regions Policy Discussion invites all interested attendees to attend and participate in this Arid Regions floodplain management topical discussion. Topics will include key Arid Regions Policy challenges, ongoing committee goals and objectives, federal, state and local concerns at present, and opportunities to participate in monthly calls and ongoing committee efforts. Find out what’s hot in the ARID Regions!

1:15 – 3:30

Coastal Issues Policy Discussion

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

Watershed POD Policy Discussion

Natural & Beneficial Functions
Rebecca Pfeiffer, CFM and Eileen Shader

No Adverse Impact (NAI)
Terri Turner, AICP, CFM and Alisa Sauvageot, CFM

Stormwater Management
Jeff Sickles, P.E., CFM and Jamelyn Austin Trucks, CFM

Join us as we discuss the urban flooding white paper of the stormwater committee, the WOTUS implications for floodplain management, and future directions for NAI and their How To Guides.

 1:15 - 3:30

Higher Education Policy Discussion

Jerry Murphy, AICP, CFM and Robert Freitag, CFM

HE Policy Committee invites everyone to come and hear about our ongoing efforts to incorporate floodplain management into higher education curriculum.

We also encourage interested members to join our initial efforts to expand the floodplain management conversation and discuss how climate change and risk reducing measures should be integrated into Higher Education and ASFPM Policy.

1:15 – 3:30

Flood Insurance Policy Discussion

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 Discussion

Manny Perotin, P.E., CFM and Randall Behm, P.E., CFM

This committee discussion is open to anyone interested in nonstructural measures for reducing flood risk. Presentations and open discussion will focus on evolving federal policies, programs, and opportunities to participate on committee activities.

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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