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									THE INSIDER                                                                             A Publication
                                                                                        for Members

                                                                                          May 2005
The Association of State Floodplain Managers
2809 Fish Hatchery Rd. Madison, WI 53713
608-274-0123 Fax: 608-274-0696

Executive Director’s Report
Larry Larson, CFM                                                 IN THIS ISSUE – Click on any of
                                                                  the links below, or simply scroll
                                                                  down for the entire newsletter
In our lives, this country and the world, things are always
changing. Changes are happening at ASFPM as well. In              Executive Director‟s Report
this issue, I‟ll update you on some of those changes, which       Disaster Mitigation Grants Not Taxable
are focused on maintaining and improving service to our           FEMA Awards Baylor Flood Protection
members. Through these efforts, we can more effectively              Grant
address our mission of reducing flood losses in the nation        Map Mod – FEMA works to Implement
and enhancing the natural and beneficial functions of                Minimum Map Quality Standards
floodplains.                                                      News From Chapters
                                                                  American Wetlands Month
                                                                  Nick Winter Memorial Scholarship
ASFPM continues to grow. The ASFPM Board just
                                                                  International Committee Meets with
accepted the Floodplain Management Association (FMA)                 Chinese Delegation
as our 21st Chapter. The FMA represents California,               ASFPM Needs Videos & Pictures for
Nevada and Hawaii, making it our first Regional Chapter.              Training
We are pleased to welcome them as a Chapter.                      20,000th NFIP Community Recognized
Membership in ASFPM, through our national and Chapter             CFM Corner
membership now exceeds 7,000.                                     Washington Legislative Report
                                                                  Applied Grants for Disaster Risk
In order to accommodate this growth, significant changes               Reduction II
include a new accounting system and a new IT system. The          News in Brief
                                                                  ASFPM 2005 Annual Conference
IT upgrade was needed to handle our huge database of
                                                                  Floodplain Manager‟s Calendar
members, conference attendees, Certification, etc. It will        Job Corner
soon allow members to have access to a “members only”
section of our web site, and will allow our members to
access and update their personal data and review their
Continuing Education Credits for maintaining their CFM. Our plan is to eventually develop the
capability for our Committees to have discussion pages for their members, and we are developing
a Continuing Education Credits (CEC) Directory, so everyone can find out what training is
available and where, in order to find locations nearest you. The use of the internet and effective
web sites are essential tools today for professionals in performing their jobs. Our intent is to help
you do your job more effectively. Please let us know how we are doing and what additionally we
can do.

As the Association‟s credibility and reputation have grown, we are asked more and more often to
provide input on national policy issues. We are asked for input because our members manage the
local and state programs at the grass roots level. National programs and policy must work on the

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ground in order to be effective. Because of this growing need for policy and members services
we are in the process of hiring a Deputy Executive Director, who we hope to have on Board by
the end of the summer. These growth activities mean we need more office space. Luckily, we
are able to expand in the building we currently occupy, so our address, etc. will not have to
change. For our members, this move will be absolutely seamless.

One other change I want to mention is the phenomenal growth of our annual national conference.
Finding a conference hotel with sufficient meeting space for 1,000 attendees has become a
daunting challenge. The result is that our conference must be held in a convention center for the
first time this year. In fact, we are already booked in conventions centers for the next two years as
well – Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2006 and Norfolk, Virginia in 2007. We believe you‟ll find
the layout in Madison will provide all the amenities you have come to expect at an ASFPM
conference, and more. But please let us know, we need and appreciate your feedback. I look
forward to seeing all of you in Madison June 12-17 – it‟s going to be a fantastic week!

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Disaster-Mitigation Grants Not Taxable
On April 15, the President signed into law H.R. 1134, which will protect citizens from being
taxed for disaster mitigation grants.
Disaster-mitigation grants are widely used by states, cities, and towns, to mitigate future damage
to property. Homeowners often use the grants for projects such as elevating or relocating
structures after flooding or creating “safe rooms” in tornado-prone areas.         FEMA disaster-
mitigation grants have saved an estimated 2.9 billion in disaster recovery since the program began
15 years ago.
In June 2004, the IRS issued a ruling finding that disaster mitigation funds are taxable as income.
Prior to this ruling, such assistance was not considered income for tax purposes, and meanwhile
property owners were accepting mitigation funds without any idea that they could be subject to
taxation as income.
H.R. 1134 reverses this decision, and returns mitigation grants to a tax-exempt status. The
measure is retroactive.
Although the Joint Committee on Taxation estimated the bill will cost the government $105
million in lost revenue over 10 years, ASFPM contends the mitigation grants will save far more
than that by preventing future disaster costs.

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FEMA Awards Baylor $4.2 Million Flood Protection Grant
DENTON, Texas, April 6 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it
has obligated over $4.2 million to the State of Texas to flood proof 175 points of entry at the
Baylor College of Medicine campus located at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. The
installation of flood barriers, shields, floodgates, and alteration of entrance elevations will prevent
future floodwaters from entering campus buildings. Michael D. Brown, Under Secretary for
Emergency Preparedness and Response said, "We know that mitigation efforts work. Flood
protection measures save money and keep organizations running. The work at Baylor will help to

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prevent losses like those caused by Tropical Storm Allison." Under this grant program, FEMA
provides 75 percent of eligible project costs and the remaining 25 percent comes from local
resources. Where feasible, recovery efforts incorporate mitigation measures to help protect
against possible future flooding.

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Mad Mod - FEMA works to implement minimum map quality standards

Complaints about the quality of FEMA's old flood hazard maps are common. Many floodplain
managers have their "pet" examples showing the river outside the floodplain or houses on top of
bluffs incorrectly shown in the floodplain. ASFPM was formed 30+ years ago to help support
improving the quality of the maps and was extremely pleased when Congress funded the Flood
Map Modernization initiative. As Map Mod got going, we began hearing that due to funding
limitations many of the mapping projects were limited to digital conversions - digital versions of
the same map on a new base. Many of our members expressed concern that communities would
simply be getting digital versions of the same "bad" maps.

ASFPM passed those comments along to FEMA and is pleased to report that FEMA has
responded by including information related to quality in their Multi-Year Flood Hazard
Identification Plan (MHIP). The MHIP includes a section (Chapter 7) that addresses many of
the quality issues that have been raised by ASFPM members.

Table 7-1 in MHIP Chapter 7 contains some performance requirements ensuring that floodplain
delineations match ground elevations.         Chapter 7 also includes information related to the
suitability of various methods for conducting hydrologic analyses, validating of predicted Base
Flood Elevations, and establishing Manning N values.            In addition, the chapter includes
information on the suitability of the use of various topographic data sources and suitability of the
inclusion of hydraulic structures.

Getting performance requirements into the MHIP, however, is only the first step.            The
performance requirements need to be included in FEMA's Guidelines & Specifications so that
they can be properly referenced in the Map Mod Mapping Activity Statements and ultimately into
the engineering contracts. There is concern that the Guidelines and Specs will not be updated in
time to get the proper references into the FY05 engineering contracts. However, David I.
Maurstad (Acting Director of FEMA's Mitigation Division) has indicated that maps that do not
meet the performance requirements in Chapter 7 "will not be considered modernized and will
not count towards the metrics." Mr. Maurstad indicated that FEMA is committed to ensuring
the modernized maps are quality products.

ASFPM commends FEMA for listening to stakeholder concerns and taking action to address the
map quality issue.
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News from Chapters
This is a new section that will be added to every edition of the Insider. Chapter Chairs or Chapter
newsletter editors are encouraged to email Anita at with articles or information
happening in your Chapter.

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News from Michigan- The Michigan Stormwater-Floodplain Association (MSFA) drew more
than 100 floodplain managers, engineers, and community officials to Traverse City, Michigan for
their 18th Annual Conference February 14-16, 2005. It was the first attempt at a multi-day
conference, and was “piggy-backed” with the Michigan Association of County Drain
Commissioners Winter Conference. Another first for this conference was an Exhibitor‟s Area.
Twelve different companies and federal and state agencies were represented. Awards were
presented to 12 of MSFA‟s members who are Certified Floodplain Managers. A CFM refresher
course was presented by PBS&J and the CFM exam was proctored to 16 members, resulting in 13
new CFMs.

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During the month of May, the nation will celebrate American Wetlands Month, focusing on the
economic benefits that wetlands provide. The Environmental Protection Agency joins with other
Federal, State, and local agencies to recognize the wonderful ways that wetlands enrich the
environment and society. Events are scheduled all across the country to educate and involve
Americans in better understanding the importance of one of Earth‟s most valuable and fragile
ecosystems. Also known as marshes, swamps and bogs, wetlands are important for flood control,
acting as buffers to absorb and reduce damage caused by flood waters. They are productive
ecosystems which support sometimes rare plant and animal habitat. Wetlands also help to remove
pollutants from water, cleaning streams and lakes, thereby reducing the cost of drinking water
treatment. Wetlands are important to the multi-billion dollar commercial fishing industry and
provide a boost to recreation industry activities such as fishing, birding, canoeing and hunting.
While more than half of the nation's original wetlands have been lost or converted to other uses in
the lower 48 states, EPA‟s goal is to help increase the quantity and quality of
wetlands nationwide. To learn more about activities for American Wetlands Month, go to: and

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2005 Nick Winter Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2005
The New England Floodplain and Stormwater Managers Association (NEFSMA), together with
ASFPM and the ASFPM Foundation, will grant a $2,000 scholarship for the 2005-2006 academic
year to a full-time student currently enrolled in a field of discipline related to floodplain
management or an applicant to a graduate program in a related field. Please see
for the full announcement and application form (click on “scholarship” on the left scrollbar).

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         International Committee Meets with Chinese Delegation on
                         Floodplain Management
On March 18, a delegation from the
Ministry of Water Resources responsible
for the Songhua River Basin in Northeast
China visited Dewberry‟s Fairfax office
to gather information about best practices
in floodplain management in the United

The delegation, headed by Mr. De-fu
Zhang, Deputy Director of the Flood-
Control and Drought-Fighting Office, is
visiting with groups in the United States
and the European Union under a grant
from the Asian Development Bank.             Firas Makarem, right, with the Chinese Delegation

Firas N. Makarem, ASFPM International Committee Chair, and senior project manager in
Dewberry‟s Federal Programs, arranged the meeting and provided the group with information on
ASFPM‟s international activities. Larry Olinger, president of the ASFPM Foundation and
director of Federal Programs at Dewberry, discussed the foundation‟s activities. Mr. Makarem
also explained how FEMA administers the flood mapping program, described the process for
development and adoption of flood maps, and provided a demonstration of the latest mapping
technology and those most commonly used in the industry.

“After they return to China and look over the information they collected from various sources,
they will determine which processes and technologies will work best for them in their efforts to
improve floodplain management in the Songhua River Basin,” said Mr. Makarem.

The Chinese delegation left Dewberry with a sizable amount of material from ASFPM, FEMA,
and as a special gift, a copy of Dewberry‟s Land Development Handbook.

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                FEMA and ASFPM Need Videos and Pictures for
                  Advanced Floodplain Management Training

ASFPM is collecting videos and pictures for use in floodplain management training. ASFPM and
FEMA are combining efforts to bring floodplain managers updated and interesting advanced
floodplain management training topics. In order to provide these high quality opportunities, we
are asking all flood hazard professionals to share videos or pictures they have that support
floodplain management concepts.

Specifically, we ask that if you have videos, that you provide them to us with the following
information on a sheet of paper accompanying your video(s):

       When was the video produced?
       How long is it?

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       What is/are the main topic(s)?
       How would you rate its quality from 1 (low) to 5 (high)?
       Is the video public domain?
       Who do we contact to make copies or use parts of the video?

For pictures, please use the following guidelines. We have many pictures of flood damage, we
have far fewer pictures of successful mitigation, community inspection visits and discoveries,
homeowner violations, natural floodplains, etc. If you can provide a picture with an individual in
the shot, (with the exception of the homeowner violations, of course) it adds considerably to the
value of the picture. On a separate sheet of paper, please provide the following information:

       Where was the picture taken, (street address, State, and/or latitude/longitude)?
       What concept does the picture represent, i.e. what violation, or which mitigation measure?
       What is the name of the affected watershed where the picture was taken?
       Who is in the picture? Do we have their written permission to use them in the photo?
       When was the picture taken - time, date, year?

How to Submit these materials:
If you are going to the ASFPM National conference in Madison, WI in June, please submit your
photos or videos to the people at FEMA‟s Community Assistance table in the exhibit area, or just
give them to Bill Lesser or Tom Hirt when you see them at the conference.

If you are not attending the conference, please submit your photos or videos to Bill Lesser at
FEMA Headquarters, phone 202-646-2807, or email him at

By providing these videos and pictures, you are supporting the development of floodplain
management training throughout the country. We thank you for your assistance in this effort, and
look forward to using your submissions to develop higher quality floodplain management training

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FEMA Officials Recognize Elba, Nebraska as 20,000th Participating
Community in the National Flood Insurance Program
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The village of Elba, Neb., was recognized by U.S. Department of
Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the 20,000th
participating community of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in a ceremony
Thursday evening in Elba.

Elba is one of 340 NFIP participating communities in Nebraska. Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy and key
staff from Nebraska's senate offices and Rep. Tom Osborne's office participated in the event.

Michael Buckley, acting deputy director for FEMA's Mitigation Division, praised Elba's
leadership during the ceremony.

"This voluntary program enables property owners in Elba to purchase flood insurance as a
protection against flood losses in exchange for implementing a community floodplain
management program designed to reduce future flood damages," he said. "Even though Elba is
located mostly outside of the 100-year floodplain, the NFIP has paid one-quarter of its claims in
the past 25 years to cover flood losses to those homes in moderate to minimal flood risk zones."

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"The state of Nebraska is proud of Elba for taking this step to participate in the NFIP," said Lt.
Gov. Rick Sheehy. "We have 340 participating NFIP communities across the state, which is
certainly a testament to our belief in the importance of regulated floodplain management. Our
staffs have worked hand in hand with FEMA on this important issue. This evening's event
symbolizes that partnership."

FEMA Regional Director Richard Hainje echoed Sheehy's praise of the relationship between state
and FEMA in regard to the NFIP.

"As a result of this (partnership), there are 13,525 flood insurance policies in force in the state,"
Hainje said. "These policies are worth more than $1.5 billion dollars in insurance coverage for
flood risks.

"Equally important has been the state's efforts with regard to flood hazard mapping," Hainje said.
"The state has been very proactive and creative in partnering with FEMA to create flood hazard
maps through FEMA's Cooperating Technical Partner program."

Established in 1968, the NFIP revolutionized almost non-existent programs of regulated
floodplain development. Approximately three million buildings have been constructed throughout
the nation in accordance with these floodplain management regulations. More than $1.1 billion in
flood damages is prevented annually. Structures built to NFIP criteria experience 80 percent less
damage through reduced frequency and severity of losses.

The NFIP is administered by FEMA. On March 1, 2003, FEMA became a part of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.
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CFM® Corner
New email for certification questions is This section will appear in each issue of the
Insider. For suggestions on specific topics or questions to be covered, please send an email to Anita at this
address in the ASFPM Office.

Comparison of Certification Programs, John Ivey, PE, CFM, Chair PDC
The Certified Board of Regents (CBOR) requested that the Professional Development Committee
(PDC) conduct a comparison of the CFM Program with other certification programs to evaluate
and identify areas to improve the CFM Program. Eleven certification programs were evaluated:

AICP – American Institute of Certified Planners – website
RLA – Registered Landscape Architect - website
PE – Professional Engineer or Registered Engineer – website
AIA – RA- Registered Architect - American Institute of Architects–website
CEM- Certified Emergency Manager – website
RPLS – LS – Licensed Surveyor – website
H – Professional Hydrologist – website www.aihydro
HG – Professional Hydrogeologist - website www.aihydro
HGW - Professional Hydrologist (ground water) - website www.aihydro
HWQ - Professional Hydrologist (water quality) - website www.aihydro
CFM – Certified Floodplain Manager – website

The CFM Program was compared with the eleven certification programs and found that:
1. A college degree or up to 8 years of professional experience is required in all certification
programs except CFM

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2. A certification exam is required in all 11 programs
3. Membership in the supporting organization is required in most certification programs or a
higher certification fee is charged, as is the case for the CFM program
4. The average supporting association annual dues is $220 per year while ASFPM is $90 per year
and State Chapter or Association annual dues are as low as $30 per year. (ASFPM and State
Chapter/Association dues are a bargain when compared to others).
5. The certification exams vary in format from narrative, analytical or multiple choice, true or
false, and exercises. Some exams consist of 100 questions to 170 questions. Exam period ranges
from 3 hours to 8 hours.
6. Certification exam fees average $325 for the 11 programs. Again the CFM program is a
bargain with an exam fee of only $100.
7. Continuing education is required in eight of the eleven certification programs. Five programs
have CEC‟s available online as does the CFM program.
8. The average annual recertification fee is $130. Again the CFM program is a bargain with a
recertification fee of only $50 every two years.
9. All eleven certification programs have websites to answer questions regarding certification and
professional requirements.

In summary, the PDC believes that the CFM Program compares very well with other certification
programs and CBOR and the ASFPM Executive Office should be commended for creating and
maintaining the CFM Program as a service to the membership and improving floodplain
New- Guide for Maintaining Certification
We have just released a new document called, A Practical Guide to Maintaining Certified Status
For Your CFM. A Big THANK YOU goes out to Laureen Gibson Gilroy, CFM from Oklahoma,
for volunteering her time to write this as requested by the ASFPM Certification Board of Regents.
We were looking for a way to make the process for what CFMs need to do to maintain their
certification every 2 years easier to understand. She has used a scenario we can all understand,
maintaining a car! Here is the link to download this form, Give it a try!

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Washington Legislative Report
Meredith R. Inderfurth, Washington Liaison
Rebecca C. Quinn, Legislative Officer

Lots of Action This Past Month
        During this past month, the biggest news for floodplain managers is passage of legislation
making clear that mitigation funds are NOT taxable as income (see separate article in this issue).
ASFPM Chair Chad Berginnis testified at a hearing on flood insurance and funding of the newly
authorized repetitive loss programs. The Senate passed its version of the highway bill including
a substantial set-aside for mitigation of storm water runoff. The Budget Resolution was finally
agreed to by both Houses and allocations have been made to the various Appropriations
subcommittees. Appropriations subcommittees in the House have begun to mark up their bills for
FY 2006.

Repetitive Loss Funding and NFIP Oversight

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        The House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Housing and Community
Opportunity held a hearing on April 14th on the NFIP and the Repetitive Loss programs that were
authorized in legislation passed last year (Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2004). Only $8 million
of the additional $70 million authorized was requested by the Administration. The funds are not
new appropriations but transfer funds from the National Flood Insurance Fund.
         Chair Chad Berginnis testified before the subcommittee on April 14th. His testimony
focused on the need to transfer funds for these programs so that they can be implemented. This is
an investment in protecting the Fund from the average $200 million used annually for repetitive
loss claims. He also spoke about implementation of the map modernization initiative. ASFPM‟s
written testimony can be read online at
FEMA and DHS Authorization
        The House Homeland Security Committee marked up the first ever Homeland Security
Authorization bill on April 27th and 28th. Chairman Don Young (R-AK) of the House
Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, introduced an amendment that would have restored
to FEMA the programs that have been assigned to other parts of the Department of Homeland
Security, particularly the Office of State and Local Coordination. He withdrew the amendment,
but not until he had the assurance of Chairman Cox that the Committee would work with Rep.
Young on his organizational concerns about FEMA's programs in the Department of Homeland

        The Homeland Security Subcommittee of House Appropriations marked up its bill on
May 4th. Results are largely embargoed until full Committee action on May 10th.
The Subcommittee did include the full $200 million for map modernization and $150 million for
Pre-Disaster Mitigation.
        During the mark-up, Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky) explained that a number of DHS
programs were cut specifically because DHS had been so unresponsive to the Committee's
requests for information. His displeasure was backed up by the Ranking Minority Member, Rep.
Martin Sabo (D-MN).
         The Interior Appropriations Subcommittee also marked up on May 4th. Significant cuts
were made to the EPA budget, but details are not yet available. This bill, too, will be marked up
in full Committee on May 10th and more information will then be available.
         The bill also includes funds for the USGS. While the overall budget request for USGS
was only a slight reduction from the FY '05 funded level, some portions of the budget had been
cut more than others in the budget request. The primary deep cut was in the Minerals programs.
Apparently the Subcommittee restored that funding and also funded the National Institutes for
Water Resources for which the budget request included no funds.
Other Legislation

A number of bills of interest to the Association have been introduced and are pending
consideration. They can all be reviewed by going to
H.R. 1137, Responding Equitably, Swiftly, Proportionally, and On-time to Natural Disasters Act
of 2005 (to improve disaster response and for other purposes)

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 H.R. 1795, „Whatever It Takes' To Rebuild Act of 2005 (assistance under the community
disaster loan program related to terrorist acts)
H.R. 1870 and S. 939, Disaster Recovery Act of 2005 (to expedite payments of certain Federal
emergency assistance)

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Applied Grants for Disaster Risk Reduction II

The ProVention Consortium is a global partnership of governments, international organizations,
academic institutions, the private sector, and civil society organizations, aimed at reducing
disaster impacts in developing countries. The Consortium functions as a network to share
knowledge and to connect and leverage resources to reduce disaster risk.

In order to support innovative disaster risk management projects in developing countries, build up
local research capacity, and encourage young professionals (under 35 years of age) to become
more involved in disaster risk reduction, the ProVention Consortium, in collaboration with the
World Bank‟s Hazard Management Unit (HMU) launched an “Applied Research Grants Program
for Disaster Risk Reduction” in December 2002. Young researchers were invited to propose
creative projects in three categories: hazard and risk identification, risk reduction, and risk

Sixty-five individuals and/or teams from 27 countries were awarded grants of up to US $5,000.
Each project was carried out under the guidance of a mentor who is a professional in the field of
disaster risk management. The young professionals completed their projects in January 2004.
After a series of reviews, fifteen projects were selected as representative of the most innovative
and sustainable project activities. Team leaders from these projects presented their findings at the
“Global Symposium for Hazard Risk Reduction”, July 26-28, 2004 at the World Bank
Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The ProVention Consortium is now sponsoring a second round of grants to support research on
innovative disaster risk management and encourage competent young professionals dedicated to
reducing disaster risk in developing countries. Students and young professionals from developing
countries are invited to propose creative projects and ideas. These proposals may include research
projects, professional internships, or professional development programs. Applications will be
screened by a jury of ProVention Consortium partners. Awards will be made to proposals with
the potential of making a significant contribution to the field. The selected projects will be
awarded a maximum grant of $5,000 and must be completed within nine months of award under
the guidance of a faculty advisor or mentor who is a disaster professional.

For a full description of Proposal Themes, Objectives, and Guidelines visit the ProVention
Consortium website at

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NOAA Seeks Applicants for Undergraduate Scholarships
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is accepting applications for a
new undergraduate scholarship program in honor of the recently retired South Carolina Senator
Ernest F. Hollings, who throughout his career promoted ocean research and the study of our
atmosphere. NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program will provide about 110 college
undergraduates up to $28,425 to support academic studies related to NOAA science, research,
technology, policy, management, and education activities, and a related internship designed to
provide a "hands-on," multidisciplinary training experience. The Hollings scholarship program
will provide selected undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for
full-time study during their junior and senior years (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year); a 10-
week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA or partner facility;
a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship; and
travel expenses to attend and participate in a Hollings scholarship program conference at the end
of the internship. Applications are due May 23, 2005. For more details, and how to apply visit
Natural Hazards Center Survey
To better serve your needs, the Natural Hazards Center is conducting an assessment of the
Natural Hazards Library ( As part of this assessment,
the Center is surveying both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events.
The survey is extremely important and will provide answers to questions regarding user needs,
library usage, and how the existing resources and services can be augmented and improved.
It consists of nine questions and should take approximately two minutes to complete. To ensure
confidentiality, this survey is anonymous and your responses cannot be linked to you. To make
this as simple as possible, the Center has posted the survey on the Web at It will remain online through June 30, 2005.
Please note that you do not have to be familiar with the Natural Hazards Library to take the
survey. If you have any questions about the survey or the library, please contact the Natural
Hazards Library at or (303) 492-5787.

State Mitigation Plans
All 50 states now have approved state mitigation plans. In addition, the District of Columbia,
Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, CNMI, and the Republic of the Marshall
Islands have approved State level mitigation plans. (The Federated States of Micronesia is the
only non-Tribal jurisdiction outstanding now, and Region IX expects to be able to approve it
soon). All are at the Standard level, except for Washington, Missouri, and Oklahoma, which have
approved Enhanced plans.
Three Tribal governments have approved State level mitigation plans. These are the Hualapai
Tribe and the LaJolla Band of Luiseno Indians (Region IX) and the Lummi Nation (Region X).

Trivia: 2005 Atlantic Tropical Cyclone Names
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists originated by the National
Hurricane Center and now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World
Meteorological Organization. The lists featured only women's names until 1979, when men's and
women's names were alternated. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2005 list will be used
again in 2011. The only time that there is a change in the list is if a storm is so deadly or costly
that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for reasons of
sensitivity. The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, 2005. Here are the names
for this year's Atlantic tropical cyclones: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emily, Franklin, Gert,

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Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince,
Wilma. For information about the worldwide naming of tropical cyclones, visit

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ASFPM’s 2005 Annual Conference is less than 6 weeks away!
The early registration discount cut off is Friday May 13! If you haven‟t booked a hotel yet,
please do so soon, as hotels are filling up quickly. Some hotel blocks are already full, but rooms
are occasionally being cancelled, so do try calling the hotel again. Registration forms, and
information about hotels can be found on our website We hope to see you in
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Floodplain Manger’s Calander
Below are just several of the upcoming conferences and workshops. For a full listing, visit our online
calendar at,%20Calendar/calendar.asp

                                 ASDSO Northeast Regional         Association of State Dam Safety Officials
     May 16 – 18, 2005
                                  Conference, Cape May, NJ        
                                   6th National Hydrologic
                                 Warning Council Conference         National Hydrologic Warning Council
     May 17 - 21, 2005
                                 and Exposition, Sacramento,     
                                   9th National Watershed
                                                                        National Watershed Coalition
     May 22 – 25, 2005           Conference, The Drawbridge,
                                       Ft. Mitchell, KY

                                2005 National Flood
  May 31 – June 3, 2005         Conference Marco Island, FL                        FEMA

                                                                        The Susquehanna River Basin
                                  Riverfront Communities: A
     June 8 – 10, 2005                                                          Commission
                                   Susquehanna Symposium
                                     No Adverse Impact:
                                  Partnering for Sustainable
                                  Floodplain Management -
                                                                  Association of State Floodplain Managers
     June 12 – 17, 2005            ASFPM's 29th Annual
                                 Conference, Monona Terrace
                                 Convention Center, Madison,
                                     WI - 12 core CECs

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                                 15th World Conference on            Canadian Centre for Emergency
     July 10 – 15, 2005            Disaster Management,                      Preparedness
                                 Toronto, Ontario, Canada          

                                    National Dam Safety
                                Program, ASDSO Advanced
     July 12 – 15, 2005          Technical Seminar on Dam
                                Failure Analysis, Columbus,

                      Hydrologic Modeling Conference – Deadline for
                          Abstracts Extended to May 15, 2005!
The joint 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference and 3 rd Federal Interagency Hydrologic
Modeling Conference will be held in Reno, Nevada April 2 -6, 2005. For the Call for Papers, topics, and
submission guidelines, visit

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For a full description of the following jobs, and a listing of all current job openings, please visit
ASFPM‟s online job corner at

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Mitigation Division, Risk Assessment Branch,
Building Science & Technology Section, Washington D.C.

Civil Engineer

DUTIES: The incumbent serves as Senior Engineer in the Building Science and Technology
Section of the Risk Assessment Branch. The Section is responsible for the development of
program policies, policy guidance, technical standards, and technical guidance on strategies and
techniques to minimize the risk of damage to the built environment from natural hazards
(earthquakes, flood, wind, and fire) and to minimize the risk of damage resulting from the
interface of natural hazard with technological hazards. Duties: Serves as an individual with
considerable knowledge on the use of various flood and wind damage reduction/hazard
mitigation/building code, methods and techniques to reduce damage to the built environment
located in the nation‟s floodplain‟s and high wind-prone areas. Works with others to identify
research and development needs in the areas of flood and wind resistant design and construction
practices. Ensure that all research and development activities assigned to them is carried out in
conformance with Agency policy, are closely coordinated within the Agency and with other
federal agencies, state, and local communities, and the building community. Supports disaster
operation by responding to building science needs of Emergency Response Teams and
Emergency Support Teams as assigned. Acts as the official point of contact for various
organizations interested in natural hazard mitigation. Ensure that the Agency‟s position is
effectively represented, and completes complex engineering analyses of proposed changes.

For more details, eligibility requirements, and how to apply visit

Flood Control District, Maricopa County
Chief Engineer (General Manager)

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The Chief Engineer and General Manager reports to the Public Works Director and provides the
District with leadership to manage a significant organization ($80M) directing the design,
construction, and maintenance of flood control structures, dams, and related facilities. The Chief
Engineer oversees the acquisition and disposal of real property and other special district
functions. Maricopa County (3,500,000 population) is home to more than half of the State's
residents offering a dynamic and diverse community in which to both live and provide public
service at this level. This management position directly supervises division managers
(Administration, Engineering, Operations & Maintenance, Planning & Project Management, Real
Estate, Regulatory and GIS) and also indirectly oversees a total staff of 225. Candidates should
have a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering; Master's preferred. Requires minimum of five
years of administrative and/or supervisory experience and registration (or ability to obtain) as a
Civil Engineer in AZ. Salary is $100-$124,000 based on qualifications plus excellent benefits.
Detailed brochure is available at Candidates are encouraged to apply
prior to May 11, 2005. Confidential inquires welcomed to Heather Renschler at 916-630-4900.

Natural Hazards Center
Communications Specialist

Founded in 1976, the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder is an
international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects of
disasters. The Center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for,
response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazard
mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme

The Communications Specialist will be responsible to the Director and Program Manager for the
effective management of the Natural Hazard Center‟s special publications editing and outreach

To view the full listing of duties and responsibilities, visit the online listing at

For more information about the Natural Hazards Center, go to:
Please send a resume, writing sample, and cover letter via U.S. mail to Greg Guibert, Natural
Hazards Center, 482 UCB University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO 80309 or via e-mail to by May 16, 2005. Materials will be reviewed as they are received.
This is a full time position with excellent benefits and a starting salary in the mid 30‟s.

Southeast Watershed Forum
Watershed Manager / Trainer

The Southeast Watershed Forum is looking for a water quality specialist to assist in developing
and conducting community watershed training workshops throughout the region. A background
and a minimum of 5 years experience in pollution source assessments, stormwater best
management practices, consensus building, facilitation, strategic planning and intergovernmental
water quality programs is recommended. This person will provide technical reviews and
evaluations of local planning efforts, and design programs and processes to assist in local land use
planning initiatives. Position can be full time or part time. Salary is commensurate with

Application deadline: June 30, 2005

Please send your resume or inquiries to

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