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AAFM was organized and is operated to promote education, policies and activities that prevent and/or mitigate future flood losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding in the State of Alabama and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of Alabama floodplains.

Membership is open to local and state officials, engineers, land surveyors, planners, building officials, engineering contractors and individual citizens interested or engaged in the management of floodplains in Alabama. AAFM sponsored conferences and seminars provide up-to-date educational programs and network opportunities with others interested and experienced in floodplain management, flood risk reduction, and community resiliency from flood disasters. Our annual Newsletter, provided under "Quick Resources" in the left sidebar, provides information about State and national topics relating to training, technical resources, and subject matters of interest for floodplain managers.

If you are interested in becoming part of our association, please contact us or complete a membership application which you can get here. If you'd like to find out more about the benefits of being an AAFM member, please go to our Membership Information webpage for more information (Membership Information).

TRAINING & EVENT UPDATE
Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Upcoming Events: 
2019 Spring Workshops

It's that time of year again...time for AAFM's Spring Workshops. The Conference will be held once again at our two locations in Foley and Cullman, Alabama. We are anticipating a wide variety of speakers again this year for enriching your floodplain management knowledge. More details about the programs and speakers will be forthcoming in the coming days. More details can be found on the registration pages using the links below. 

Spring Workshop - South (Foley):   Registration for 2019 Spring Workshop (SOUTH)
If you prefer to send a check and use a printed form, you can get your application form HERE.

Some attractions in the area below.
   

Spring Workshop - North (Cullman):    Registration for 2019 Spring Workshop (NORTH)
If you prefer to send a check and use a printed form, you can get your application form HERE.

Some attractions in the area below.
  
     



Alabama Office of Water Resources NFIP Office Upcoming Events in 2019:  
Elevation Certificate Basics Workshops
- Decatur, AL -- April 9, 2019 -- Register at:
- Montgomery, AL -- April 10, 2019 -- Register at:
- Mobile, AL -- May (TBD) 


Workshop Description:
Detailed training on completing a FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC) accurately and in its entirety, allowing full compliance with any program that requires submission of an EC. A review of all EC section and guidance will be provided on implementation and use. Discussion will cover EC requirements for surveying, foundation flood openings, certification, and the requirements for an EC under a variety of programs including the Community Rating System (CRS).

Training will identify the portions of the EC instructions that should not be used in order to achieve full compliance with all programs and include common errors and omissions. A detailed review of the various EC building diagrams along with real-world examples. Learn how to avoid errors that commonly affect floodplain management programs including mandatory CRS EC prerequisite.

Target Audience:
Professional Land Surveyors, Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM), community officials with floodplain management experience that review construction permits.

Registrations for Workshops

Decatur EC Basics Registration (April 9)

Montgomery EC Basics Registration (April 10)



Past AAFM Events:

2018 AAFM Fall Conference

The 2018 Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Fall Conference was held on October 22 - 24, 2018 in Orange Beach, AL at the Springhill Suites at the Wharf. The 11th annual fall conference was the second year it was held in Orange Beach. The conference was attended by over 120 participants representing 32 local governments, several state and federal government agencies, private industry companies, and academia. Members will be able to access copies of the technical presentations from the conference on the AAFM website. 

special thanks to our sponsoring firms for the generous support, not only in sponsoring our breaks, Monday evening event, and the Dolphin Cruise, but for supporting the organization through their attendance and participation in the conference proceedings. Sponsors for this year’s conference were: Gold Level - Wood, Michael Baker International, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Sea Grant of Alabama & Mississippi, Alabama Association of Resource Conservation & Development Councils | Silver Level - Schoel Consulting Engineers, SmartVent, Dewberry | Local Level - Alta Spring, Gulf of Mexico Alliance, Barge Design Solutions, S&ME, TTL


FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT & ASSOCIATION NEWS
Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers News

AAFM Newsletter
Get the latest about AAFM events, floodplain management issues pertinent to Alabama, and resources for floodplain managers. Click on the image below for the latest edition.  

 
  Winter 2017/2018 Edition
Association of State Floodplain Managers News

National News Updates
For news and updates regarding floodplain management issues for ASFPM, FEMA, and other agencies go to the image below.

ASFPM News & Views Newsletter
For the latest version of the Association's newsletter go to the link below. It is printed bi-monthly and includes articles and updates on the Association's activities involving national floodplain management policy,  FEMA National and Regional News, the ASFPM Foundation, flood hazard mapping and mitigation issues, and the NFIP. 

Community Rating System News

CRS Training Opportunities
CRS Webinar Series: These webinars provide training opportunities to communities that are not yet participating in the Community Rating System or local government staff that are new to the CRS, and to local government staff with experience in the CRS. The Series includes basic introductory sessions and more advanced topics, most averaging about an hour in length.

EMI Courses: Community Rating System (CRS) training opportunities are offered throughout the year at the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and at field-deployed locations. New CRS coordinators are encouraged to attend the 4-day CRS class (E278). The course is free, and travel expenses are covered for those accepted to the EMI.

Videos: These are short 5 to 10 minute videos that provide an overview of the CRS. 

 Click the image to go to the training resources webpage. 

CRS News
The NFIP/CRS Update is a publication of the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System. It provides local officials and others interested in the CRS with news they can use.  Communities are encouraged to copy and/or circulate the Update and to reprint its articles in their own local, state, or regional newsletters. No special permission is needed. Click on the image below and go to the bottom of the landing webpage to find the newsletters in pdf format.