Floodplain Management Committee


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The CASFM Floodplain Management Committee monitors and influences state and federal policy developments in floodplain management that impact Colorado communities. It also manages the ASFPM CFM® Program for CASFM.

FEMA has issued a new policy related to Guidance on the Best Available Information related to flood hazards. Here is a quick summary of what the guidance covers:


Purpose:  The Policy is for FEMA Headquarters, Regional program staff, and for the Field Staff at the Joint Field Office (JFO) interacting with states, tribal, and local officials, and other federal agencies and grantees following a Presidential declared disaster. This policy is also for states, tribal, and local officials following a Presidential declared disaster.  The overall purpose of the Policy is to provide available and Advisory Flood Hazard Information for state, tribal, and local officials in order to mitigate future flood damages. 


Brief Summary: 

The policy will provide available and Advisory Flood Hazard Information for state, tribal, and local officials in order to mitigate future flood damages.  FEMA will communicate to stakeholders the availability of flood hazard information that will be used to guide recovery in areas impacted by severe storms and flooding. In situations where the Effective or Preliminary FIS and FIRM may not be adequate for use in the recovery process, FEMA may develop Advisory Flood Hazard Information in coordination with states, tribes, local officials and other federal agencies.


Under the policy, immediately following a Presidential disaster declaration, the FEMA Region’s Mitigation Division (Risk Analysis Branch) should develop an Available Flood Hazard Information Table and Exhibit containing data that can be used both internally to make decisions and externally to communicate available flood hazard information to stakeholders.  Once FEMA has identified available flood hazard information and evaluated the feasibility of accelerating to Preliminary FIRM phase or developing new data, the FEMA Region’s Mitigation Division (Risk Analysis Branch) should communicate to stakeholders the available sources of flood hazard information to guide recovery.


The FEMA Regional Office (Regional Administrator and/or Mitigation Division, Risk Analysis Branch) shall collaborate with the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and Hazard Mitigation Branch Director (and other appropriate staff) at the Joint Field Office (JFO), the State Coordinating Officer (SCO), and tribal and/or local jurisdictions to determine the need for Advisory Flood Hazard Information to support recovery.  When a decision has been made to move forward with developing Advisory Information, if the work will be funded by the Disaster Fund through the JFO, the FCO will make the final determination.  If the work will be funded by the Region, the Regional Administrator will make the final determination.


The policy also explains the insurance implications of using available and Advisory Flood Hazard Information; how Increased Cost of Compliance coverage uses available and Advisory Flood Hazard information; how FEMA will use available and Advisory Flood Hazard Information when making mitigation and recovery decisions; and how such information will be used in the Unified Federal Review Process.

Other Topics:

Executive Order 13690 and the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard

On January 30th, 2015 President Obama issued Executive Order 13690 that revises Executive Order 11988 and proposes a new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS). Executive Order 11988 was issued in 1977 and set the minimum floodplain management standards for federal actions. The new Executive Order promotes the use of nature-based approaches and resilient designs. The FFRMS gives federal agencies the flexibility to select one of three approaches for establishing the flood elevation and hazard area they use in siting, design, and construction, including the option to:

Click Here to read CASFM’s comments on the FFRMS

National Flood Insurance Program

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is the basis for most state and local floodplain management programs. In recent years, several legislative acts have significantly reformed the NFIP, including Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform of 2012 and the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014. In addition to flood insurance reforms, the mapping program continues to evolve under the Risk MAP program. 

Click Here to read CASFM’s comments to the Technical Mapping Advisory Council

Disaster Deductible – Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


CFM® Program

The Certified Floodplain Manager Program (CFM® Program) has two fundamental goals:

The CFM® program supported by CASFM was developed and is administered by the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).  A complete discussion of the CFM® program can be read by clicking here. CASFM first proctored the CFM® exam at the 2002 Annual Conference in Steamboat Springs. At that time Colorado had only five CFM®s in the state. As of 2017 the Colorado contingent has grown to nearly 500. Click Here for the current list of Colorado CFM®s

CASFM will proctor the ASFPM CFM® exam Wednesday September 20th at the 2017 Annual Conference in Breckenridge, and will conduct a full-day Floodplain Management 101 class on Tuesday the 19th. You do not have to take the class in order to take the exam. You also do not have to take the exam in order to take the class.


Click Here for Information on how to prepare for the CFM® Exam

If you have any questions about the Floodplain Management 101 Course, please contact Stephanie DiBetitto, by phone at (303) 866-3441 ext 3221 or e-mail if you have any questions or need further information.

For questions about the CFM® Exam/Program (only), please contact Anita Larson, ASFPM Certification Coordinator at CFM@floods.org or 608-828-3000.