AFMA Flood Zone Newsletter
Inside This Edition July 2011
2011 AFMA Fall Conference Announced CFM Exam Registration
2011 AFMA Awards Nominations  
2011 Fall Conference Announced

AFMA Fall Conference
Best Western Inn of the Ozarks
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

September 25 - 28, 2011

AFMAThis multi-day event provides a comprehensive review of sound floodplain management best practices, complete with expert presentations from federal agencies, other state floodplain management associations, and peers from among the AFMA membership.

Topics this year include:

  • NFIP Reform

  • Risk Map Outreach

  • Substantial Damage Determination

  • Repetitive Loss and Severe Loss Properties

View the 2011 AFMA fall conference agenda.

Click here to register for this event and for additional information about directions and hotel accommodations.

Important Dates

  • Register before September 2, 2011 and take advantage of the early-bird discount rate!

  • Hotel reservation deadline: August 26, 2011

  • Conference registration deadline: Registrations must be postmarked bySeptember 2, 2011
CFM Exam Registration

Sunday, September 25
Dogwood / Magnolia Room
Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

CFMThe Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) program was created by AFMA to raise and maintain the professional standards of those individuals that manage floodplains, wetlands and watersheds within the state of Arkansas. The program is designed to certify competency with the basic principles of sound floodplain management as mandated and encouraged by the NFIP.

To register for this exam, please contact CFM Program Manager Mike Borengasser.

CFM© is a registered trademark of
the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).
AFMA Awards Nominations

2011 AFMA Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, September 27
Walnut Room
Inn of the Ozarks
Convention Center
11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

AFMA Awards

Honoring communities, individuals, corporations and agencies that excel in the field of floodplain management, AFMA solicits nominations from among its membership for recognition at the annual awards luncheon. The program is a great way to promote flood safe communities and the professionals that make it happen.

Click here to make your nominations now!

From the Chair
Buddy, can you spare a drop of water? How strange a game Mother Nature plays sending us too much water at one time and not enough at another? It certainly keeps us as floodplain managers on our toes as we make the most of this dry season to ensure open ditches and creeks are cleared of debris.
Itís good construction weather, too. Many of you are in the process of finishing structures that will help mitigate hazards in your community. From simple storm sewers to major retention ponds, there is no better time than now to get these projects completed before the rain returns. And rest assured it will.
Speaking of returning, I am pleased to announce that we will return to Eureka Springs this year for the annual AFMA fall conference, and for those of you new to the organization, Eureka Springs is one of our top two destinations for hosting the event! Registration is now open, so click here and make plans to join us!
Again this year we are offering a complete lineup of speakers from FEMA Region VI. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to visit with these representatives about floodplain management issues in your community. Additionally, our conference program will bring you up to speed on the latest floodplain management news and information.
Also returning this year is our popular Monday afternoon field session. We have arranged for a sneak-peek of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art conceived by the Alice Walton family. As many of you know, itís a Herculean project nestled in a ravine that employs some unique water management features along Crystal Springs. How many of you remember our trip to the construction observation platform during the AFMA fall conference in 2007? Take a look at some great construction photos here.
Among the highlights of the annual fall conference, the AFMA awards luncheon honors communities, individuals, corporations and agencies that excel in the field of floodplain management. AFMA is now soliciting nominations from among its membership. You may nominate anyone involved in floodplain management. Including yourself. Click here to do just that.
If you have been studying to become a certified floodplain manager, AFMA will offer an exam session before the conference starts on Sunday, September 25. You MUST make prior arrangements with the CFM Program Manager Mike Borengasser to sit for this exam. A complete list of details about the AFMA CFM program can be found here. Study guides are here.
The AFMA conference committee has developed a great program and we look forward to gathering among peers with a common interest in hazard mitigation. Be sure you check the forecast before heading to Eureka Springs. As we began our conference last year, the weather suddenly became very chilly for late September. Iím not guaranteeing that will be the case in 2011, but any relief from this heat will be welcomed by all.
Richard Penn, PE, CFM
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