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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 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 2021 Spring Virtual Workshop 

April 14th, 2021

The 2021 AAFM Spring Workshop is being held virtually this year on April 14th. Please join us to have an opportunity to learn about some new programs, projects, and resources available to floodplain managers in Alabama. It's also a chance to earn CEC's and collaborate with other floodplain managers. Here's the link to access the workshop's registration webpage and more information about the workshop. 


AAFM 2020 Fall Conference

The Lodge at Gulf State Park (A Hilton Hotel), Gulf Shores | October 19th to 21st 
- Address: 21196 East Beach Blvd, Gulf Shores, AL 36542 | Phone: (251) 540-4000 

The 2020 AAFM Fall Conference will be held in beautiful Gulf Shores, AL on October 19th through the 21st at The Lodge at Gulf State Park.  It is said that this hotel is "where doing nothing is really something".  The hotel is a unique destination on the Alabama Gulf Coast where nature is at your doorstep. It is located inside the naturally beautiful 6,150-acre Gulf State Park. This unique destination stands out from other Gulf Coast destinations because of its size and the diversity of its preserved ecosystems. During your stay, you'll connect with the outdoors on a whole new level.  And in doing so, you'll be helping the hotel's conservation efforts to restore and maintain the beauty of this truly distinctive property.  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 initially had 2 sessions (early & late) to help spread everyone out at the Island House, however, with our new location, the meeting spaces will more than accommodate our needs to move back to just one session.  See updated agenda for more information.  For those who choose to learn remotely, we will have live events each day. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are embarking upon new territory to make this conference a success, but as professionals, colleagues, floodplain managers, academia, etc. we are providing you with valuable continued educational credits at a time where virtual training is predominately the only option. We will be practicing the requisite State of Alabama guidelines for social distancing in cooperation with the hotel.

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

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

Alabama Office of Water Resources NFIP Office

Upcoming Events in 2020:
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:

L-273: Managing Floodplain Management Through the NFIP
- Montgomery, AL -- January 27-30, 2020 





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.


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