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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 2020 Spring Workshops 


Don’t miss this year’s spring workshops! They will be held at two great locations in Fairhope and Decatur, Alabama. Whether you’re located in North or South Alabama, we have a good event scheduled near you for a low cost that includes lunch & breaks and 5 Professional Development Hours! All for $40 for members and $50 for non-members.  These two one day events will feature speakers from public & private sectors and include opportunities for learning, engagement, and networking. See the details below and click the registration button of your choice location. 

Spring Workshop - South (Fairhope) | Weeks Bay Reserve Tonsmeire Resource Center | April 3, 2020
11525 US-98, Fairhope, AL 36532

Some attractions in the area below. 

Weeks Bay Reserve Tonsmeire Resource Center


Jesse's Restaurant in Magnolia Springs 


Community of Magnolia Springs

On the Magnolia River in
Magnolia Springs

Link for map location:
Tonsmeire Resource Center

Other Links for Weeks Bay Reserve Foundation: 
Weeks Bay Foundation Homepage
Outdoor Alabama Website for Weeks Bay Reserve

Spring Workshop - North (Decatur) | Turner-Surles Community Resource Center | April 20, 2020
702 Sycamore St NW, Decatur, AL 35601 

Some attractions in the area below. 
Turner-Surles Community Resource Center

Turner-Surles Community Resource Center


Cook Museum of Natural Science

Historic Railroad Depot & Museum


Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge


Decatur Historic District 
Link for map location: 
Turner-Surles Community Resource Center

Wheeler Lake Wildlife Refuge Center: 
Wheeler Wildlife Refuge 

Cook Museum of Natural Science: 
Cook Museum

Decatur Historic Railroad Museum: 
Railroad Museum

Decatur Historic District: 
Historic District

AAFM 2020 Fall Conference

Island House Hotel (A Doubletree by Hilton), Orange Beach | October 19th to 21st 
- Address: 26650 Perdido Beach Blvd, Orange Beach, AL 36561 | Phone: (251) 981-6100 

The 2019 AAFM Fall Conference was held in beautiful Orange Beach, AL on October 28th to 30th at the Island House Hotel in the heart of Orange Beach.  A full line up of speakers from industry, academia, government, and more were on hand. Lunch was provided on Tuesday and dinner/socials were held on Monday and Tuesday Nights. We look forward to another great conference in October 2020. Stay tuned for detailed agenda and more! 


Welcome to the Island House Hotel
Island House Hotel Beachside


Island House Hotel Beachside & Pool
Island House Hotel Lobby Beachside


Island House Hotel Ballroom Entrance
Island House Hotel Ballroom Meeting Room


If you have any questions please contact Josh Yates at


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.  

  Winter 2018/2019 Edition

  Winter 2017/2018 Edition

  Fall 2016 Edition

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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