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  • May 09, 2023 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    Comment on new HUD regulations regarding flood risk management:

    ASFPM encourages a response to the following new, proposed regulations, for the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard, as it applies to projects in the floodplain for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If possible, please provide specific situations that would be impacted, and how.

    Instructions to comment:

    1. By mail to the Regulations Division, Office of General Counsel, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 10276, Washington, DC 20410-0500.

    2. Electronic Submission of Comments. HUD strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically. Electronic submission of comments allows the commenter maximum time to prepare and submit a comment, ensures timely receipt by HUD, and enables HUD to make them immediately available to the public. Comments submitted electronically through the website can be viewed by other commenters and interested members of the public. Commenters should follow the instructions provided on that site to submit comments electronically.

    First Proposed Regulatory Update

    Comment due date: May 23, 2023

    The proposed rule description as posted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

    This proposed rule would revise HUD's regulations governing floodplain management and the protection of wetlands to implement the Federal Flood Risk Management Standard (FFRMS), in accordance with the Executive order, “Establishing a Federal Flood Risk Management Standard and a Process for Further Soliciting and Considering Stakeholder Input,” to improve the resilience of HUD-assisted or financed projects to the effects of climate change and natural disasters, and provide for greater flexibility in the use of HUD assistance in floodways under certain circumstances. Among other revisions, the rule would provide a process for determining the FFRMS Floodplain that would establish a preference for the climate-informed science approach (CISA), and it would revise HUD's floodplain and wetland regulations to streamline them, improve overall clarity, and modernize standards. This proposed rule would also revise HUD's Minimum Property Standards for one-to-four unit housing under HUD mortgage insurance and under low-rent public housing programs to require that the lowest floor in both newly constructed and substantially improved structures located within the 1-percent-annual-chance (100-year) floodplain be built at least 2 feet above the base flood elevation as determined by best available information, and it would revise a categorical exclusion when HUD performs environmental reviews, and update various HUD environmental regulations to permit online posting of public notices

    Second Proposed Regulatory Update

    Deadline to comment: June 6, 2023

    OMB is proposing revisions to Circular A–94, which provides guidance on benefit-cost analysis and cost-effectiveness analysis of Federal spending. Circular A–94 was last revised in 1992. These proposed revisions reflect scientific and economic advances since that time. Included in the proposed revisions are changes in the discount rate for benefit-cost analysis. This guidance is separate from Circular A–4, which covers benefit-cost analysis of regulations, rather than spending. Members of the public are encouraged to provide comment.

    Link to the circular

  • March 16, 2023 9:41 AM | Susan Patterson (Administrator)

    invites applications for:

    Emergency Management Program Manager - (National Flood Insurance Program)

    The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workplace diversity.


    $70,651.00 - $107,306.00 Annually


    Civil Service Permanent Full-Time


    Emergency Management Agency


    Dauphin County




    03/30/23 11:59 PM






    Non Union








    Mitigation Insurance and Resilient Communities Programs Office


    1310 Elmerton Avenue


    Harrisburg, Pennsylvania




    Stacy Walter





    Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) is seeking a dedicated, enthusiastic and forward thinking individual to manage the delivery of the Commonwealth's Floodplain Management National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). If you have demonstrated experience in this area, then PEMA has a tremendous opportunity for you. 


    This position is responsible for directing the Federal National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) within Pennsylvania as well as managing the Commonwealth's Floodplain Management & Insurance Program (FPM&IP) under the Director, Emergency Management Hazard Mitigation, Insurance and Resilient Communities Office within the Recovery Deputate.

    In this position you will determine and define new and current policies for the NFIP; provides technical assistance to municipalities for developing, updating, and implementing the flood protection plan for Pennsylvania as mandated in Pennsylvania Floodplain Management 

    Interested in learning more? Additional details regarding this position can be found in the 
    Position Description.

    Work Schedule and Additional Information:

    • Full-time employment.
    • Work hours are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday, with 30-minute lunch.
    • Employee is subject to emergency duty within the Commonwealth Response Coordination Center.
    • Free Secure On-Site parking.
    • Telework: You may have the opportunity to work from home (telework) part-time, no more than two days per week, after comprehensive on-site training is completed. In order to telework, you must have a securely configured high-speed internet connection. If you are unable to telework, you will have the option to report to the headquarters office in Harrisburg.
    • Salary: In some cases, the starting salary may be non-negotiable.
    • You will receive further communication regarding this position via email. Check your email, including spam/junk folders, for these notices.


    Minimum Experience and Training Requirements:

    • Two years of experience as an Emergency Management Specialist 2 (commonwealth title); OR
    • Five years of professional experience in the development, coordination, or promotion of emergency-related programs such as disaster relief, public safety, and emergency management in government, industry, education, or the military; and a bachelor’s degree; OR
    • An equivalent combination of experience and training that includes three years of professional experience in the development, coordination, or promotion of emergency-related programs such as disaster relief, public safety, and emergency management in government, industry, education, or the military.

    Necessary Special Requirements: 

    • This position requires possession of an active motor vehicle license.
    • All positions require certification in the following courses from the FEMA Emergency Management Institute:
      • IS-100.C: Introduction to the Incident Command System
      • IS-700.B: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
      • IS-800.D: National Response Framework, An Introduction
      • IS-2200: Basic Emergency Operations Center Functions

    Other Requirements:

    • You must be able to perform essential job functions.

    How to Apply:

    • Resumes, cover letters, and similar documents will not be reviewed, and the information contained therein will not be considered for the purposes of determining your eligibility for the position. Information to support your eligibility for the position must be provided on the application (i.e., relevant, detailed experience/education).
    • If you are claiming education in your answers to the supplemental application questions, you must attach a copy of your college transcripts for your claim to be accepted toward meeting the minimum requirements. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 
    • Your application must be submitted by the posting closing dateLate applications and other required materials will not be accepted.
    • Failure to comply with the above application requirements may eliminate you from consideration for this position. 


    Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS): 

    • 711 (hearing and speech disabilities or other individuals).


    The Commonwealth is an equal employment opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. The Commonwealth values inclusion as we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most qualified people to serve the citizens of Pennsylvania. The Commonwealth does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, ancestry, union membership, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, AIDS or HIV status, disability, or any other categories protected by applicable federal or state law. All diverse candidates are encouraged to apply. 


    • Completing the application, including all supplemental questions, serves as your exam for this position.  No additional exam is required at a test center (also referred to as a written exam).
    • Your score is based on the detailed information you provide on your application and in response to the supplemental questions. 
    • Your score is valid for this specific posting only.
    • You must provide complete and accurate information or:
      • your score may be lower than deserved.
      • you may be disqualified.
    • You may only apply/test once for this posting.
    • Your results will be provided via email.


    613 North Street
    Harrisburg, PA 17120

    An Equal Opportunity Employer

    Job #CS-2023-44703-76201

  • January 23, 2023 11:16 AM | Anonymous

    Happy 2023 from the PAFPM Board! Read the newsletter here.

  • December 07, 2022 3:57 PM | Anonymous

    We have updated our membership levels and prices. Please see our Join Us page to learn more and our Sponsor PAFPM page if you're interested in sponsoring!

    If you've renewed your annual membership prior to December 7th and would like to reconcile a price difference, please reach out to Zoe at We appreciate your patience.

  • March 07, 2022 6:05 PM | Anonymous

    Check out PAFPM's Winter 2022 Newsletter here

  • September 24, 2021 7:03 AM | Anonymous

    PAFPM is always looking for volunteers to fill board and committee positions. Without energetic and enthusiastic volunteers our organization would cease to exist. Please take a moment to nominate yourself of an individual you know who would help grow PAFPM! You'll make great professional contacts and further your professional development by participating on the board or committees.

    See PAFPM bylaws here:

    Current Board and Committee members:

    Please put Name (First+Last) and email contact for your nomination.  

    Nominations are due December 1st.  

    See Nomination Form here.  

  • February 28, 2021 1:55 PM | Anonymous

    Check out PAFPM's Winter 2021 Newsletter here.  

  • February 12, 2021 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    FEMA Region III released the new Flood Safety Toolkit which highlights key messages, talking points, knowing your risk, taking action, and be an example for flood safety awareness. 

    The Flood Safety Toolkit includes FEMA Region III points of contacts, templates for awareness, online resources, social media resources, and  images/graphics for spreading awareness.

    "Our goal is to make readers aware so they can take steps to be prepared. We ask that this early spring, you promote the importance of understanding your risk, taking action, and being an example of how to be prepared and resilient." - FEMA Region III

    Flood_Safety_Toolkit_March-2021.pdf (

  • February 12, 2021 4:48 PM | Anonymous

    Dates & Time: March 23 & 24 from 9AM to 4:30 PM both days

    FREE two-day workshop on the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP's) Community Rating System (CRS) for FEMA Region 3! This course covers the Community Rating System (CRS), a nationwide initiative of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). It describes activities eligible for credit under the 2017 CRS Coordinator’s Manual, how a community applies, and how a community modifies an application to improve its classification. This course provides an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinance. The course will focus on the National Flood Insurance Program/Community Rating System (CRS) and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.

    ASFPM CREDIT AVAILABLE: 12 CECs, must participate both days

    Register Here:

  • January 15, 2021 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    See here for details.  

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