CASFM Flood Technical Assistance Partnership




FTAP Vision Document

Rural Emergency Messaging

FTAP Summary

FTAP Minutes

Letter to the CWCB in Support of the Update to the Colorado Floodplain and Stormwater Criteria Manual

In April, FEMA Region VIII completed the Reducing Losses through Higher Regulatory Standards Losses Avoided Study on the September 2013 flood event in Colorado, which includes a Best Practices and Cost Effective Strategies Report, trifold, and PowerPoint presentation. The report, case study, and trifold have been uploaded to the FEMA Region 8 cloud.  The study evaluated scenarios including regulating freeboard, restricting building of residences and critical facilities in regulatory floodplains, and controlling development in erosion zones. In addition to regulations, the study investigated how the adoption of regulations over time affected losses, and how CRS scores affected NFIP claims and policies. Thanks to Matt Buddie for forwarding.


Mitigation Planning Information Exchange Webinars - FEMA, the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) are partnering to offer a free, eight-part quarterly webinar series to share challenges, best practices, and evolving methods and techniques in hazard mitigation planning. The purpose of the webinar series is to encourage peer-to–peer learning and the exchange of information among a national and even international audience. The planning information exchange will focus on multi-hazard mitigation planning but also emphasize its connections with recovery planning and preparedness. APA and ASFPM will act as co-conveners of all webinars and will select topics and presenters. The first webinar, The Role of Hazard Mitigation in Post-Disaster Recovery, will occur May 6, 2015 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET). Participants can earn one continuing education credit through APA and ASFPM. Click Here for more information and to register for upcoming webinars.  Thanks to Teresa Patterson for forwarding. 


FTAP Vision

Our vision is to improve flood resiliency for communities throughout Colorado.



FTAP Mission

The mission of the Flood Technical Assistance Partnership (FTAP) is to bring organizations together across multiple levels of government to create a unique group that can offer technical expertise to advise and comment on floodplain management issues, improve local and regional communication, and influence policy and change throughout Colorado.


Founded in 2011, FTAP addresses the unmet needs that exist between the participating organizations to provide outreach and education to local floodplain officials, facilitate risk communication, and promote the understanding of roles and responsibilities before, during and after a flood related disaster.


Core Members of the FTAP include: 

  • DHSEM        Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

  • CDWR          Colorado Division of Water Resources: Water Conservancy Board & Dam Safety

  • CDOT          Colorado Department of Transportation

  • CDPHE        Colorado Department of Public Health & Education

  • DOLA           Colorado Department of Local Affairs

  • UDFCD        Urban Drainage & Flood Control District

  • FEMA           Federal Emergency Management Agency

  • CASFM        Colorado Association of Stormwater and FloodPlain Managers

Supporting Members:   

  • City & County of Denver

  • Clear Creek County

 FTAP Goals

·        Increase collaboration & integration, by providing technical assistance, guidance, and expertise during and after the response and recovery phase of a flood.    

·       Provide expanding outreach communication, with a focused message to educate communities and stakeholders about important flood related issues in Colorado. 

·       Improve awareness to available resources such as grants, subject matter experts, technical presentations and current issues by promoting knowledge and advocacy.


These goals may be ambitious, but by utilizing our primary strength – a statewide panel of experts and the collective drive to improve awareness and engage the public – FTAP can achieve them.