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.

  • ASFPM Flood Resource Library- ASFPM and the Flood Science Center have produced and continue to produce numerous floodplain management publications. Additionally, FSC has identified, acquired or received through donations a substantial number of flood-related books and resources, such as the FEMA Collection, that contains hundreds of books, reports and guidance documents. To help share all these publications and resources … Continued
  • Benefits of 2D Modeling- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. As 2D modeling becomes more prevalent, there is an interest in mapping Special Flood Hazard Areas and floodways using 2D modeling technology. While 2D steady state models are currently the most common, interest in unsteady 2D models are gaining ground. Case studies of these efforts would document similarities and differences … Continued
  • Building Coastal Resilience through Capital Improvements Planning- Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: American Planning Association. Capital improvements are often the largest investments made by communities. In coastal communities, where capital improvements are being driven by growth and development as well as degradation by extreme weather events and climate hazards, capital improvement costs are even higher. Because capital improvements are planned, … Continued
  • Cooperating Technical Partners Support- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM supports 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. Rita Weaver of Minnesota and Brooke Seymour of the Mile High Flood District are co-chairs of this subcommittee. … 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
  • Flood Mapping for the Nation- Funding: ASFPM Foundation. Since the initial publication of the Flood Mapping for the Nation report in 2013, ASFPM has been monitoring changes in technology, engineering and climate models, data, and unit costs (e.g. cost per stream mile for engineering studies) associated with flood hazard mapping along with the knowledge that more mapping has been completed. … Continued
  • Flood Mitigation Library Website- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. To better inform property owner and policyholder decision making on the array and selection of a proper mitigation option, it is proposed to developed an online flood mitigation library of mitigation options that can reduce flooding on the structure/property level. At a minimum, this online library will have the following … 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: Wes Shaw / Blue Urchin. 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 flood documentation and approach will be guided by the “Boulder Creek Flood Notebook” created by Gilbert … 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
  • Institute for Building Technology and Safety Puerto Rico Advisory Panel Project- Funding: Puerto Rico Planning Board. Partners: American Planning Association, Build Change, International Code Council, Diversity Professional Service, EStudios Te’cnicoc Inc. The Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was selected for the proposal by the Puerto Rico Planning Board (PRPB) titled, “Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce … Continued
  • 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
  • Multiple Loss Properties Mitigation Guide, Training & Seminar Series- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. ASFPM will develop and deliver a project following the successful example of guidance refinement and training delivery used for the Community Rating System Green Guide. The project outcome will be enhanced community capacity to understand and mitigate NFIP repetitive loss (RL) properties. The project will include a “Multiple Loss Properties … Continued
  • NAI and the Community, Health and Resource Management (CHARM) Workshops- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency & National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partners: Texas Community Watershed Partnership ASFPM and the Texas Community Watershed Partnership (TCWP) at Texas A&M University AgriLife Extension Service continue to work together to integrate TCWP’s CHARM scenario planning platform with ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact approach. Funding from NOAA and FEMA supports hosting … 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 2018-2020- Funding: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Partner: Coastal States Organization. Alexis Cunningham is the 2018 Digital Coast Fellow, placed in a joint position with CSO and the Association of State Floodplain Managers. Alexis is leading efforts by CSO and ASFPM to promote and improve FEMA’s CRS program as a tool to achieve coastal flood resilience, … 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
  • Outreach of ASFPM Conference Sessions- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. The ASFPM Annual National Conference has numerous concurrent session presentations on flood insurance and floodplain management related topics that could support and educate local officials on flood insurance and floodplain management related issues. Unfortunately, many local officials who would most benefit from this information are unable to attend the conference. … Continued
  • Planning Information Exchange- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Partner: American Planning Association. With a new award agreement granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the successful Planning Information Exchange (PIE) webinar series has been extended for two additional years, starting October 1, 2018. APA will continue to act as the lead in an agreement with FEMA, with the … Continued
  • 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
  • Shoreline Inventory & Oblique Photo Viewer- Funding: Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Wisconsin Shoreline Inventory and Oblique Photo Viewer was initially developed in 2008, beginning with the creation of a shoreline inventory and analysis based on Lake Michigan oblique photos from 1976 and 2007. Through subsequent projects and funding, FSC has added more data, oblique … 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. Through a 2017 National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Coastal Resilience Grant, the National Association of Counties (NACo) – in partnership with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and the Coastal States Organization (CSO) – launched the … Continued
  • Substantial Damage Initiative- Funding: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Now that the statute has changed, it is ASFPM’s goal to be the national coordinating entity for facilitating post-flood floodplain management regulation administration and enforcement. Similar to the International Code Council’s actions for other types of building inspections, ASFPM is the most logical choice to support national Emergency Management Assistance … Continued
  • Update of ASFPM’s 1996 “Addressing Your Community’s Flood Problem, Elected Officials Guide”- Funding: ASFPM Foundation; Westfield Insurance Foundation In 1996, ASFPM published “ADDRESSING YOUR COMMUNITY’S FLOOD PROBLEMS: A Guide for Elected Officials.” The document was popular and has been an important guide for educating elected officials on the impacts of flooding, identifying and preparing for flood risks in their community, post flood actions, resources to assist their … Continued