- Select Become a Mentor on the navigation menu for mentor registration
- Select Register as Mentee on the navigation menu for mentee registration
Both forms share the questions in this section.
- Check the box to indicate you have watched the required orientation training.
Flood Science Center recommends lengthy, random passwords stored in an encrypted password manager.
All participants are required to create a username/password.
- Usernames must be unique in the system. An error message will display if your chosen username is unavailable.
- The password “Strength indicator” gives instantaneous visual feedback to help you improve the strength of your password.
- Type your password a second time to confirm.
- Save your username/password in a safe location.
Contact information is collected to populate mentor profiles in the Mentor Finder to allow the program manager and website systems to send confirmation emails, and support mentoring exchanges between partners.
- Provide your first and last name, address, work email, work and cell phone numbers.
- Check the “Yes, I am a CFM” box if you are currently a Certified Floodplain Manager (meaning that your certification has not expired or been suspended or revoked).
- [Mentors] Select your FEMA region from the drop-down menu (where you work if active, or where you live if retired/consulting on your own).
The ASFPM Mentoring Program is currently only available for mentorship of officials working for a state agency or organization in an official capacity. Please review the Eligibility Policy.
- Check the box to indicate that you are a state official.
- Enter the name of your state agency/organization in the text box.
Years of Experience
Work experience is vital in determining whether a mentor possesses the skills necessary to provide a worthwhile mentoring experience to mentees. It is also useful for the program manager to understand your work history when assigning a mentor to a mentoring request.
This section consists of two parts with two questions each:
- For current or former state floodplain management staff:
- How long did you or have you worked in floodplain management at the state level?
- How long have you worked in the field of floodplain management (total including non-state experience)?
- For current or former state hazard mitigation staff:
- How long have you worked in hazard mitigation at the state level?
- How long have you worked in the field of hazard mitigation (total including non-state experience)?
The questions are worded this way to capture overall experience working in the field as well as experience at the state level . The questions differentiate between state floodplain management staff and state hazard mitigation staff because it is likely that some mentors will have worked in both positions over the course of their careers, and this may be relevant when the program manager is reviewing a mentoring request.
- For each applicable question, choose the range of years that corresponds to your years of experience.
ASFPM has identified comprehensive areas of knowledge for professionals who want to effectively manage floodplains and become nationally recognized as Certified Floodplain Managers. These knowledge areas are a "benchmark" for what practicing floodplain managers should know and are applicable to all state floodplain managers, state NFIP coordinators and their staff.
- Check the box next to all of the areas in which you feel that you have sufficient expertise.
Later, as part of the biography section, you will be asked to submit a sentence or two describing your experience in each of the chosen mentoring expertise areas. It may help to draft these sentences in a separate document while going through this list.
The program manager will use this information along with your biography to determine proficiency in each topic area when selecting a mentor to match to a mentoring request.
- Organizational Management
- Strategic Planning/Staff Planning
- Project Management
- Interagency Coordination (federal programs)
- Interagency Coordination (state programs)
- FEMA HMA Grant Program Administration
- NFIP State Coordinator Role (and expected activities)
- CAP-SSSE Administration
- Flood Hazard Identification/Mapping (levees, coastal, riverine, arid)
- CTP Participation
- CRS Participation
- Risk Assessment Models and Tools
- Flood Insurance
- Floodplain Management Standards, Building Codes and Land-Use Regulations
- Flood Hazard Mitigation Techniques (general)
- Floodproofing Techniques
- Cost-Benefit Analysis
- Post-Disaster Floodplain Management
- State Hazard Mitigation Planning
- Local Hazard Mitigation Planning
- Natural Floodplain Functions and Resources
- Stormwater Management
- Hydrology and Hydraulics
Types of Mentoring
The ASFPM Mentoring Program delivers mentoring activities and supports learning using four mentoring formats. Each mentor can choose to participate in one, some or all of the formats. The chosen type(s) of mentoring will be displayed on each mentor’s profile in the Mentor Finder.
- One-on-One Mentoring
- Group Mentoring
- Situational Mentoring
- Ask a Mentor
Biography and Headshot
A professional biography and headshot are required to register as a mentor.
- Provide a one paragraph professional biography of your work history.
- Focus on floodplain management experience, and include a sentence or two for each topic area marked in the Mentoring Expertise section.
- Provide a headshot photograph (2MB limit). Click on the “Choose File” button to upload a photo from your computer.