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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:

2017 Spring Workshops 

April 12th - Spring Workshop South - Foley, AL 
> Location: Foley Civic Center
> Agenda (tentative) available here
> Register for this workshop here

April 26th - Spring Workshop North - Cullman, AL 
> Location: Cullman Electric Cooperative Building
> Agenda (tentative) available here
> Register for this workshop here
NFIP Community Rating System Class (EMI's L-278) 

The Alabama Office of Water Resources (OWR) in partnership with the Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers are pleased to sponsor a 4-day training course for the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS).  This is the same class that is conducted at the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg, MD. We are pleased that Alabama was chosen by FEMA Region IV to hold a field deployed version of this class in 2017.

July 17 - 20 - Montgomery, AL 
> Location: Alabama Center for Commerce | 401 Adams Avenue, Room 324
> Registration for this class can be accessed at NFIP Community Rating System Class

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:
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:  
Summer 2017:  L-194 Class - Advance Floodplain Management Concepts I 

Course Description:

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.

Course Goals:
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.

Target Audience:
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
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.

Past Events:

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. 

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 AtkinsDewberryGolder AssociatesSchoel Consulting Engineers, and Volkert at the Silver level. 

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.