• November 03, 2020 3:41 PM | Anonymous
    In preparation for a new year of flood threats, we invite you to fortify your own floodplain management awareness during National Flood Awareness Month.   By the numbers, flood hazards are the #1 natural hazard in Pennsylvania, hurting our communities large and small through impacts on water quality, property and infrastructure to name a few. As floodplain managers, politicians, consultants/design professionals and  municipal managers it is more important than ever to be prepared for flood hazards.   Join us at our 2021 PAFPM Floodplain Management Symposium to help us prepare for, manage and mitigate flood risks in all of our communities, and if you have a specialty in these areas please submit a proposal today!

    We have all felt the loss of direct contact throughout this pandemic so we are teaming with government agencies (and hopefully deliver) a combination Training/Conference with in-person and virtual aspects. We’re designing the event to minimize risks while still getting people together where learning is enhanced by face-to-face meetings, including a proctored CFM Exam.

    Disclaimer: In the event of travel or event restrictions, we'll be offering both in person and virtual participation, following the PA Department of Health's guidelines.  

    In person location: Harrisburg, PA (Radisson Hotel Harrisburg)

    Please complete this proposal form NO LATER THAN December 1st, 2020 to be considered.

    Sessions: 30, 60, 90, or 120 mins in length

    Selected presenters/trainers will be notified by December 15, 2020.

    Submit you proposal here

    Questions:  flood@pafpm.org

    Target Audience: 

    • floodplain administrators/managers 

    • building officials 

    • zoning officials 

    • planners 

    • emergency managers 

    • politicians   

    • floodplain design professionals/consultants 


    Potential topics: 

    • Flood Preparedness 

    • Flood warning/forecasting 

    • Substantial Damage Determination and Assessments

    • Flood Emergency Operations Planning  

    • Comprehensive Plans 

    • Flood Mapping 

    • A Zone issues  

    • Letters of Map Change 

    • Future forecasting (increased precipitation, sea level rise, etc.)

    • Flood Regulations 

    • Stormwater Management connections to floodplain management

    • Role of a floodplain administrator 

    • PA Model Ordinance Update  

    • Floodplain regulations application to infrastructure (transportation, parks, trails, etc.)


    • Building Codes and floodplain management 

    • Public Information 

    • Flood insurance

    • Resources/guides/trainings

    • Flood Mitigation 

    • Historic Structure 

    • Dam/levees   

    • Hazard Mitigation Plans 

    • Buyouts/Demo Re-build 

    • Grant programs

  • July 21, 2020 7:50 PM | Anonymous

    Due to the uncertainty of future coronavirus circumstances in Pennsylvania, to ensure the health and safety of our members and attendees, we have elected to cancel our in-person conference and make the shift to a series of weekly webinars in September. Although the conference was cancelled, the Board is excited to announce that we will be holding a Floodplain Management training, in Harrisburg, on March 16 and March 17, 2021! PAFPM will be providing more details as we move forward planning the event.

    For more information about our "Resiliency the new Sustainability" webinar series in September, see here.  


    • Free for PAFPM Members
    • $15 for non-members
    • Wednesdays in September 2020 from noon-1:30PM
    • 1 CFM CEU per webinar

  • March 30, 2020 4:56 PM | Anonymous

    "Resiliency is the new Sustainability"

    PAFPM 2020 Annual Conference

    As we embark into a new decade the realities of climate change are becoming more and more prevalent in our everyday lives. The idea of sustainability is now surpassed by the need to be resilient in everything we do. By the numbers, flood hazards are the #1 natural hazard to impact Pennsylvania. Impacting our communities large and small through impacts on water quality, our communities, and infrastructure to name a few. As floodplain managers and design professionals it is more important than ever to be at the forefront of resilience and make it our reality through all our collective work. Join us at our 2020 PAFPM Conference to help us lead this charge, and if you have resiliency practices to share please submit a conference proposal today!

    September 14-16

    (Field trips Monday afternoon 9/14; Conference Tuesday 9/15 through lunch on Wednesday 9/16)

    Harrisburg, PA (Radisson Hotel Harrisburg)

    Please complete this proposal form NO LATER THAN June 1st, 2020 to be considered.

    Selected presenters will be notified by July 30, 2020.

    Please direct session proposal questions to Josh Lippert at joshua.lippert@phila.gov

  • February 21, 2020 11:02 AM | Anonymous

    Across the United States, urban flooding is becoming more frequent and severe, with increasingly serious impacts to stormwater infrastructure, vulnerable neighborhoods, local and regional economies, and public  health. Chronic to extreme, disruptive to catastrophic – urban flooding is rapidly becoming this nation’s number one factor contributing to increased future flood risk. Resilience in the face of this progressively serious problem demands attention and action now. 

    Urban flooding is not new, but it is different than how we experienced it a decade ago.  Intensified by sea level rise and changing precipitation patterns, urban flooding  is more frequent and intense, with underlying infrastructure designed to handle much smaller flooding events. The water has nowhere to go. As a result, major sectors of our economy are adversely impacted and people living and working in these more densely populated flood-prone areas are at increasing risk.


    To catalyze attention and action, the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Foundation has published "Urban Flooding: Moving Towards Resilience.  A Summary Report based on the 6th Assembly of the Gilbert F. White National Flood Policy Forum. The report draws from the wide-ranging discussions that took place during the foundation-sponsored forum last year and attended by more than 100 experts from local, state, and federal agencies; professional associations and environmental groups; and private sector organizations. It includes examples of time-critical efforts taking place now to prepare for future conditions that could be very different from today. 

    The report offers practical suggestions for obtaining better data and information, involving vulnerable populations in planning decisions, and exploring funding and financing opportunities to identify and advance solutions. Its summary policy and program recommendations focus on integrated approaches and immediate next steps, including organizing an urban flooding summit in 2021 to address more in-depth the issues and jump-start needed changes.


    Download a copy of the report. Please take a few minutes to download and read it. Then take a few more minutes to think about the role that you, and your agency or organization, could play in further discussions and idea sharing to collaboratively solve this complex problem.  

  • January 31, 2020 10:27 PM | Anonymous

    Check out our December 2019 Newsletter

  • January 27, 2020 10:33 AM | Taryn Murray (Administrator)

    Pennsylvania Act 166 of 1978, the Pennsylvania Floodplain Management Act, requires all flood prone municipalities, with FEMA identified floodplain(s), to regulate development occurring in their floodplain areas.

    All such municipalities are required to file an annual report with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) on behalf of DCED.

    The filing of a completed report is necessary regardless of whether any permits were issued. In addition, a copy of any floodplain management ordinance(s), updates, or amendments enacted by your municipality in 2019 should be included with the completed annual report.

    The deadline for this submission is February 29, 2020.

    File Report Now

  • July 17, 2019 4:13 PM | Taryn Murray (Administrator)
    Registration for the PAFPM 2019 Conference is open!  Register by August 12th for Early-bird pricing! Check out the Conference website for more information and take a look at the Conference Agenda to see the awesome line-up this year! We hope to see you there!
  • April 11, 2019 1:56 PM | Taryn Murray (Administrator)

    PAFPM is now accepting abstracts for our 2019 Annual Conference! Present your topic or experience to Pennsylvania's floodplain management professionals. 

    Submit Here

    Example and suggested topics this year include:

    • Practical advice for local floodplain management enforcement
    • Joint stormwater and floodplain management planning and implementation
    • Planning for climate change and future conditions
    • Implications of changes to PA Codes
    • Legislation and policy discussion, reform, impact
    • Mapping/GIS tools
    • Risk identification and flood mitigation
    • Social science and risk communication
    • Incorporating state, county, and local planning efforts into emergency management and mitigation solutions

    Submission due May 20, 2019

  • January 17, 2019 9:37 AM | Taryn Murray (Administrator)

    We're heading back to the Pennsylvania Capital again in this year!  Please join us September 10-11, 2019 in Harrisburg!  

  • October 10, 2018 9:38 AM | Taryn Murray (Administrator)

    The Pennsylvania Association of Floodplain Managers was granted official ASFPM Chapter status in June of 2018! We were honored to have Necolle Maccherone, ASFPM Region III Director, attend the 2018 annual conference in September and present our ASFPM Chapter Charter.  PAFPM is excited to continue to promote and improve floodplain management in Pennsylvania and to do so with the support of our national partner, ASFPM. We received a very warm welcome in the latest edition of ASFPM's "The Insider", check it out! 

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