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Official website of the Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers

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.

If you are interested in becoming part of our association, please contact us or complete a membership application which you can get here

Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Upcoming Events:

2016 AAFM Fall Conference 
The 2016 Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Fall Confer-ence 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 partici-pants 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 sup-porting 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. 



Jason Wilson

Vice President AAFM

Alabama Office of Water Resources NFIP Office Upcoming Events:

September 2016:  L-273 Course - Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP

The date for the next L-273 training will be September 26-29, 2016. The CFM Exam will be offered on Friday (9/30/16). Go to the link below for registration information and the agenda for the week. 

L-273 Course & CFM Exam Registration Materials 

Past Events:

2016 AAFM Spring Workshops

The Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers, for the first time in Association history, offered two regional workshops this year on May 4th and May 5th. The workshops were well attended with 36 attendees at the southern location in the City of Foley and 41 in attendance at the northern location in the City of Cullman. The goal was to try to provide locations that were more convenient to more people. The programs were the same at each workshop, with some regional highlights. This year’s topics included Elevation Certificate Case Studies, Post-Flood Recovery Best Practices, Updates on Map Revisions in the State, and Approximate Flood Zones 101. If you would like to download and review the presentations from the workshops, you can go to the link below for access. 

Technical Presentations  (AAFM Members Only)

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 2016 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.