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Day 4: Thursday, May 23

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


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

8:30 – 10:00

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

1. Ohio Mitigation Success Stories.
Steve Ferryman, CFM, State Hazard Mitigation Officer, Ohio Emergency Management Agency
2. A Successful Substantial Damage Program 4 Years in the Making.
Maria Cox Lamm, CFM, ASFPM Chair, South Carolina DNR
3. New Partnerships in the Floodplain Make it Work.
Skip Stiles, Executive Director, Wetlands Watch

Moderator: Tim Trautman, PE, CFM, Program Manager, Mecklenburg Cnty., NC

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

  • Delivering Large Scale 2D Base Level Engineering Products in South Dakota
  • 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
  • Flood Mitigation in Huntsville, AL: Using HMGP to Mitigate Urban Flooding.
  • 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
  • Elevating Historic Homes

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.

2:00 - 4:00 

Training Workshop: FREE (pre-registration required), 2 CECs
Building Coastal Resilience Through Capital Improvements Planning
Instructor: Haley Briel, MS

Capital infrastructure projects are among the most essential functions of local governments, but can often be challenging to develop and implement due to the long time scale and many partners that must be involved. The Building Coastal Resilience Through Capital Improvements Planning project, a NOAA resilience grant recipient, is a collaborative effort between the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) with the intention of guiding practitioners to plan for capital infrastructure projects that are sustainable in the face of natural hazards. Coastal communities, both lakefront and oceanfront, are particularly vulnerable to increases in precipitation and sea level rise associated with climate change. It is essential that such communities are able to find relevant data and plan their capital infrastructure projects to minimize damage and ensure positive outcomes.

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

  • Learning from Europe: Review of First Cycle of Implementation of Floods Directive
  • 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
  • “Show Me” Statewide Hazard Mitigation Planning Utilizing Risk MAP Products: A Case Study for Success in Missouri
  • Developing a Community Mitigation Program - Recipes for Success from Mecklenburg County

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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