Below is an alphabetical list of the projects we are currently working on along with some long-term programs we’ve been administering over the years. Use the search bar at the top of the page to search for a specific project.

  • Access to the Authoritative Flood Model - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The flood models associated with flood studies are valuable data needed for managing development in the SFHA. ASFPM is aware of a number of entities that provide access to flood models. ASFPM will document state and local authorities who provide access to flood engineering models and evaluate the potential of … Continued
  • ASFPM Flood Science Center Library - Funding: ASFPM Foundation. ASFPM has produced numerous, floodplain management publications, and has acquired or received by donations a substantial number of flood-related books. Since 2010, ASFPM has been investing in developing a library to properly archive these materials. In addition to curating a physical collection, ASFPM has also invested into R&D for creating an online … Continued
  • Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvements Planning - Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: American Planning Agency. ASFPM is partnering with the American Planning Agency to identify mainstream techniques that increase community resiliency by incorporating information from extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions into local or regional capital improvement plans.
  • Coastal No Adverse Impact Workshops - Funding: Varied. ASFPM developed a Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (funded by NOAA) and materials for one-day Coastal No Adverse Impact workshops. In addition to requests from ASFPM chapters, these workshops have been well received by NOAA's National Estuarine Research Reserves. NERRs have funded five of the workshops and developed a hands-on mapping exercise that … Continued
  • Cooperating Technical Partners Support - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM will help support Cooperating Technical Partners. The project involves documenting best practices and providing training. In conjunction with this effort, a Mapping and Engineering Standards Subcommittee has been established that focuses on CTPs. Thuy Patton of Colorado and Carey Johnson of Kentucky are co-chairs of this subcommittee. Alan Lulloff … Continued
  • Course 273: Managing Floodplain Development through the NFIP - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM manages field deployment of this course. We have developed a cadre of instructors to support states interested in providing this training in their state.
  • Customer Experience Initiative Support - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Over the past 18 months, FEMA has been engaged in a wide-ranging effort to overhaul the NFIP. FEMA is moving to remove barriers to improve the overall customer experience delivery of the program. A critical customer is the local floodplain manager and the community’s floodplain management program. The FSC is … Continued
  • Effectiveness of the Regulatory Floodway Study - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM will review the current guidelines and policies associated with floodway mapping and managing development in mapped floodways and evaluate whether these procedures support efforts to responsibly manage development within the most hazardous part of the floodplain (i.e. with the fastest and deepest floodwaters). We will document any alternatives to … Continued
  • Flood Mapping for the Nation - Funding: ASFPM. The Association of State Floodplain Managers continues to use the cost estimates from this report to promote increased funding for flood hazard mapping. Completed in 2013, this internally-funded project developed an estimate of the total cost to complete floodplain mapping of the country based on parameters specified in the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform … Continued
  • Great Lakes Coastal Flood Study Outreach - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA is updating the Great Lakes Coastal Methodology and will be revising the FIRMs for the Great Lakes coastline. FEMA has funded ASFPM to assist with outreach and host a website associated with the project. Staff have been attending the workmap rollout meetings and providing guidance to communities to ensure … Continued
  • Historic Flood Documentation - Funding: ASFPM Foundation. Partner: Natural Hazards Center. This project is researching and will recommend a standardized approach for historic flood documentation in order to build or support the institutional memory of flood events and their aftermath. The Natural Hazards Center at UC Boulder will be a project partner and the flood documentation and approach will … Continued
  • Improving Product Delivery Study - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The primary objective of this project is to better understand what format and delivery would be most useful from the perspective of the community officials who use the products to enforce floodplain management and communicate risk, as well as the policyholders and property owners who need to understand risk and … Continued
  • Integrating NAI and the Community, Health and Resource Management (CHARM) Tools and Training Platform - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partners: Texas Community Watershed Partnership and Florida Floodplain Management Association. ASFPM and the Texas Community Watershed Partnership at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service will work together to integrate their CHARM scenario planning platform (www.communitycharm.org) with ASFPM’s NAI approach. The project team is working with the Florida Floodplain Management Association … Continued
  • Legal No Adverse Impact Workshops - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM continues to offer up to two legal workshops annually. FSC is working with Thomas Ruppert, Esq. Florida Sea Grant to integrate legal issues related to climate change, storm surge and coastal flooding into two NAI workshops tentatively scheduled for late summer 2018.
  • Lending Outreach Communications Study - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. In order to better identify concerns and successes in implementing the NFIP, ASFPM will conduct a study of lenders’ interactions with property owners as they pertain to flood risk, flood mitigation, flood insurance coverage and claims. This study will collect empirical data to identify opportunities for increased collaboration between FEMA … Continued
  • NAI How-to Guides - Funding: ASFPM and ASFPM Foundation. In furtherance of ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact initiative, the association is developing a series of NAI How-to Guides for each of the building blocks in the No Adverse Impact: A Toolkit for Common Sense Floodplain Management. They include: Mitigation (completed in 2013) Infrastructure (completed in 2013) Planning (completed in 2015) … Continued
  • National Flood Barrier Testing & Certification Program - Funding: ASFPM and Vendor Application Fees. Partners: FM Approvals and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nonstructural Flood Proofing Committee. ASFPM in partnership with FM Approvals and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ National Nonstructural/Flood Proofing Committee have implemented a national program of testing and certifying flood barrier products used for flood proofing and flood fighting. … Continued
  • National Resilience Standards for Floodproofing (Barrier) Products - Funding: Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology’s Flood APEX program. This project leverages a decade worth of effort to complete the development and utilization of national resilience standards for floodproofing (barrier) products (ANSI/FM Approvals 2510) and ASFPM’s National Flood Barrier Testing & Certification Program (NFBTCP) by developing standards for sealants and semi-permanent barriers, get … Continued
  • New FIRM Impacts on NFIP Policyholders - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. In conjunction with the OFIA, FSC is assessing how flood insurance agents utilize newly-adopted FIRMs for insurance policy rating to new policy holders. This analysis aims to test the consistency and accuracy of policy rating provided by flood insurance agents following the implementation of newly adopted FIRMs.
  • New Mapping Open House Participant Analysis - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Funded through the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate, the Flood Science Center is working with OFIA staff to develop tools that will be used to collect information shared at FEMA mapping open houses, assess if property owners are being informed or notified of changing flood-risk status, and document what … Continued
  • NOAA Digital Coast Fellow - Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and ASFPM Foundation. Partner: Coastal States Organization. With funding from NOAA and the ASPM Foundation, ASFPM is partnering with the Coastal States Organization to integrate and update guides to help coastal communities, including ASFPM’s Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook (2007) and the Foundation’s Holistic Coasts report (2013), and align … Continued
  • NOAA Digital Coast Partnership - Partner: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management. ASFPM in partnership with the NOAA Office of Coastal Managment and seven NGOs help guide the development of the Digital Coast website - a single web resource for coastal data, tools and training. The partnership helps ensure content is relevant, shapes the future of the Digital … Continued
  • Planning Information Exchange - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: American Planning Association. APA leads this project with ASFPM playing a key partner role. The Planning Information Exchange covers all natural hazards. The webinar training provided focuses primarily on mitigation planning, but also its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. Planning Information Exchange on planning.org
  • Post-Disaster Compliance & Building Community Capability - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. This project’s objective is to research, consult and document current systems in place for substantial damage determinations where a community’s capacity may be exceeded: 1) Volunteer local official cadre through state ASFPM chapter or other organization 2) EMAC and 3) HMTAP/FEMA contractor support and develop options for an optimized program … Continued
  • State Coordinator Mentoring Program - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM has been working to develop and maintain a nationwide formal mentoring program targeted specifically to state floodplain managers. The program will build upon existing capability among state floodplain managers, ensure continuity as state floodplain management programs transition staff (especially small one-person operations), and provide a service to train new … Continued
  • Strengthening Coastal Counties’ Resilience: An Interactive, Multi-Modal Training Program for Local Governments - Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partners: National Association of Counties Research Foundation and the Coastal States Organization. This 3-year NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant will leverage the network of technical experts shared across organization memberships to improve communication between coastal management professionals and local elected officials. The program will also provide training resources designed to … Continued
  • Update of ASFPM’s 1996 “Addressing Your Community’s Flood Problem, Elected Officials Guide” - Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The document will be updated and made available in a PDF, print-ready format and a new alternative format—web interface-based upon the story mapping process. The update will modernize the content by incorporating No Adverse Impact concepts, expand the explanation of the natural and beneficial functions of the floodplain, address programmatic … Continued