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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, 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 ONLINE or you can download a pdf copy 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 (Member Information).
Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers Upcoming Events
AAFM 2022 Fall Conference

Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach| October 17th to 19th 
- Address: 27200 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 | Phone: (251) 981-9811 

The 2022 AAFM Fall Conference will once again be held in beautiful Orange Beach, AL at the Perdido Beach Resort.  This year the conference dates are October 17th to 19th. The Resort is nestled on an island oasis where the pelicans perch, the blue herons stroll and sugar white sand and emerald waters are so captivating you won’t want to leave. You will be able to experience the family-friendly, personal service that makes this Orange Beach hotel a luxury resort vacation destination where generations of families return year after year. Situated directly on the Gulf of Mexico in Orange Beach, Alabama, Perdido Beach Resort is exclusively located near Alabama Point, locally known as “The Pass,” where the Intracoastal Waterway meets the deep waters of the Gulf, and boaters take a voyage for their afternoon venture. The beachside Beach resort hotel is also near Gulf Shores, AL, a popular Gulf Coast destination.  Join the AAFM members and other floodplain managers from Alabama and elsewhere in this wonderful setting for an opportunity to learn from and network with other floodplain managers from around the state and region. 




To accommodate those of you unable to attend in person, we will be making provisions to host the technical sessions virtually. Additional login and access information will be sent out to those who register for the virtual option. For those that will be joining us in-person, we will have a full slate of technical sessions Monday through Wednesday and networking events on Monday and Tuesday nights. An updated agenda will be provided at a future date with more information. For those who choose to participate remotely, we will live stream the technical sessions each day. 

This conference should prove invaluable to you as Floodplain Managers as there there continues to be many program changes within the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for flood hazard mapping, flood insurance, floodplain development compliance, and hazard mitigation grant programs. In order to manage and effectively navigate through those changes both FEMA and the private sector have had to develop new tools and resources. As professionals, colleagues, floodplain managers, academia, etc. we are providing you with an opportunity to stay abreast of the industry changes and to gain valuable continued educational credits. 

The schedule for the conference onsite registration and technical sessions will be:
   - Monday - Registration/check-in: 12:00 - 1:00 PM; Sessions at 1:00 - 5:00 PM
   - Tuesday - Check-in at 8:00 AM; Sessions at 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
   - Wednesday - Check-in at 8:00 AM; Sessions at 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

For those interested, the CFM exam and a general NFIP/floodplain management review class will also be offered in conjunction with this year’s conference. See details on the registration page. 

To access the registration page, click on this link and then on the "Register Now" button in the upper right hand side of the landing webpage:  AAFM 2022 Fall Conference Registration

AAFM 2022 Spring Workshops 

AAFM returned to its two workshops format for the spring of 2022. The workshops were in Foley, AL at the Graham Creek Nature Preserve on April 13th and in Birmingham, AL at the Botanical Gardens Visitor's Center on April 27th. Registration included a full day of speakers, great food/drink amenities, and other nearby attractions that attendees were able to enjoy. Copies of the presentations from the workshop are available for viewing and downloading by going to the link below. Hope you will be able to join us in April 2023 for the next version of AAFM's Spring Workshops. 
Conference & Workshop Presentations

Alabama Office of Water Resources NFIP Office

Upcoming Events in 2022:
Managing Floodplain Development Through the NFIP (L-273) - February 28 - March 3 

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to prepare the participant to understand and perform the roles and responsibilities of the local Floodplain Administrator. The course is designed to prepare participants to: 
  - Use a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and a Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) to determine the Base Flood
    Elevation (BFE) and the flood zone.
  - Describe and facilitate local jurisdictional compliance with the minimum requirements to participate in
    the NFIP.
  - Describe the components of an effective Floodplain Management program to reduce the loss of life and
    property and identify and remedy violations and deficiencies.
  - Prepare for post-event activities including implementing an effective Substantial Improvement/
    Substantial Damage (SI/SD) process.
  - Explain basic concepts of flood insurance rating and how Floodplain Management decisions affect the
    cost of flood insurance.

Advanced Floodplain Management Concepts - Location and Date(s) TBD 

Course Description:

Each Advanced Floodplain Management topic is designed to be discussed and reviewed in greater detail than the basic course. Each topic is intended to be covered in a one day (6-7 hour) module with the exception of two (indicated below). Development and real-life scenarios will be examined and exercises will be conducted in each section to make sure participants not only understand the rules and regulations but also why they are in place and how to apply them in the particular topic areas. These courses are exercise rich and participants should expect to be actively engaged throughout. Advanced topics include: 
- NFIP Floodplain Rules and Regulations in Depth 
- LOMC - Procedures for Applying and Floodplain Management Implications 
- Roles and Responsibilities of the Local Floodplain Manager 
- Preparing for Post-Disaster Responsibilities 
- Higher Standards in Floodplain Management 
- Placement of Manufactured Homes and Recreational Vehicles in the Floodplain 
- NFIP Flood Insurance Principles for the Floodplain Manager 
- Hydrology and Hydraulics for the FPM
- Floodway Standards 
- Disconnects between NFIP Regulations and Insurance 
- Common Noncompliance Issues  (½ day)
- Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRMs)  (½ day)
- Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage

Target Audience:
Local Floodplain Administrators, Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM), Community Officials that review construction permits for floodplain development. 

Recent AL NFIP Office Events:









Alabama Association of Floodplain Managers News

AAFM Newsletters
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.  

2019 AAFM Winter Newsletter

2018 AAFM Winter Newsletter

2017 AAFM Winter Newsletter

2016 AAFM Fall Newsletter

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.


Alabama Office of Water Resources
Floodplain Management Program

AL Flood Risk Mapping Website
Alabama Office of Water Resources
Flood Risk Mapping Website

Association of State 
Floodplain Managers

ASFPM Certified Floodplain
Manager Program

FEMA's Floodplain
Management Website

FEMA's Map Service Center