TRAINING & EVENT UPDATE
Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Upcoming Events:
2017 Spring Workshops
April 12th - Spring Workshop South - Foley, AL
> Location: Foley Civic Center
> Agenda pending
April 26th - Spring Workshop North - Cullman, AL
> Location: Cullman Electric Cooperative Building
> Agenda pending
2017 Fall Conference
September 25-27 - Orange Beach, AL
> Location: SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf
> Agenda to be determined and available in August 2017
> Registration for conference will be available in July 2017
Here is the reservation link for those planning to attend to use to make online reservations:
Book your group rate for Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers
You will find the information for your online reservation link below. For guests who prefer to call, that number is 251-943-6600. Your group code is FPMR. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.
Start date: 9/24/17
End date: 9/27/17
Last day to book: 9/3/17
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
- SpringHill Suites Orange Beach at The Wharf for $92.00 - $107.00 per night
Alabama Office of Water Resources NFIP Office Upcoming Events:
July 17-20: L-278 Class - Community Rating System
Location: Alabama Center for Commerce - 401 Adams Avenue, Montgomery, AL
Registration: NFIP State Coordinator will make available in March 2017
The course describes activities eligible for credit under the 2013 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, how a community applies, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification. The CRS Program underwent significant changes in 2013 and the updated CRS manual will be taught in this course.
> Describe how to join the CRS program and improve community CRS classifications.
> Identify ways to earn CRS points by reducing and avoiding flood damage to insurable property.
> Understand how to take full advantage of available CRS points as you strengthen and support the insurance aspects of the NFIP.
> Describe how to gain CRS points by fostering comprehensive floodplain management.
Local and tribal government officials, regional planning officials, NFIP state staff, FEMA regional office staff, and others interested in learning about the CRS in order to provide technical assistance to communities seeking to apply for CRS credit.
Summer 2017: L-194 Class - Advance Floodplain Management Concepts I
This advanced floodplain management course is a dynamic and interactive course covering National Flood Insurance Program Floodplain Rules and Regulations in Depth, Local Floodplain Manager Roles and Responsibilities, Letters of Map Change and Preparing for Post-Disaster Responsibilities. Each topic is designed to be discussed and reviewed in detail.
1. Describe activities and programs that can be used to promote planning and mitigation measures in the floodplain.
2. Identify National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements for structures, floodway and encroachment standards, common problems encountered during the construction of various building types, and ways to address these problems.
3. Describe NFIP requirements that apply to approximate A zones, agricultural and accessory structures, fuel tanks, and recreational vehicles.
4. Explain the basic purpose and procedures of Letters of Map Change (LOMCs) and describe the role of the local official. Evaluate the floodplain management implications of LOMCs.
5. Describe the elements of pre-disaster planning needed to prepare for substantial damage operations. Identify contents of Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for post-disaster operations.
6. Outline steps to carry out substantial damage responsibilities and describe methods to obtain compliance with substantial damage determinations.
7. List possible sources of funding to assist with substantial damage losses.
Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) or community officials with 2 years of full-time floodplain management experience. Government officials will take precedence.
Notice to Applicants for EMI courses:
Individuals applying for EMI classes will be required to register using the FEMA Student Identification (SID) number. This number will be used in place of the Social Security Number (SSN) on your application form. The SSN is no longer required.
How do I obtain my FEMA SID number?
Step 1: To register, go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid
Step 2: Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” button on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.
Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.
September 2017: L-273 Class - Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP
The date for the next L-273 training will be August/September. The CFM Exam will be offered on Friday after the class.
2016 AAFM Fall Conference
The 2016 Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Fall Conference was held on October 3rd through 5th in Birmingham, AL at the Sheraton Hotel. The 9th annual fall conference was the second year it was held in Birmingham. The conference was attended by 86 participants representing 29 local governments, several state and federal government agencies, private industry companies, and academia. Members can access copies of the technical presentations from the conference at the link below.
2016 Fall Conference Presentations
The technical session agenda featured 23 unique presentations cover-ing a wide range of topics and presenters. The Association collected donations of $500 and matched this amount to make a $1,000 donation to the Ba-ton Rouge Area Foundation Flood Relief Fund to help victims of this year’s catastrophic flood event.
The 10th annual Fall Conference will be moving to a new location in 2017. More information will be coming in the spring. We will be sending out information about the Spring Seminars/Workshops in a couple of months. If you have any feedback or suggestions on how we can improve the conference next year, please let us know. Thank you for your continued support of our events.
A special thanks to our sponsoring firms for the generous support, not only in sponsoring our breaks and evening social event, but for supporting the organization through their attendance and participation in the conference proceedings. Sponsors for this year’s conference were Amec Foster Wheeler and Schnabel Engineering at the Gold level and Atkins, Dewberry, Golder Associates, Schoel Consulting Engineers, and Volkert at the Silver level.