Upcoming events

    • August 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar (Zoom)
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    Floods disproportionately impact communities of color, Black and Indigenous communities, and other marginalized groups. Often left out of decisions that significantly affect them, communities of color are also more likely to be relocated than white or affluent communities, who are instead ‘protected’ in place. Furthermore, these frontline communities are on track to experience adverse climate change effects more severely and frequently than others. As floodplain managers, we are well-positioned to build resilience for all communities in an equitable way—especially for our most vulnerable. But advancing social equity in flood risk management requires first understanding the problem. This presentation will discuss how systemic racism touches every part of the flood risk management cycle, making frontline communities less prepared for, less able to respond to, and recover from floods. Beginning with a history of racism in flood management, this presentation will also explain how well intended flood and disaster policies and practices have unintended consequences that cause further harm to vulnerable groups. Finally, we will briefly discuss opportunities to advance equity through our work as floodplain managers.

    Learning objectives:

    • To understand how historic policies impact flood risk of communities of color and low income.
    • To recognize how current floodplain management policies and practices can perpetuate these inequities.
    • To identify strategies floodplain managers can use to ensure floodplain management is inclusive and equitable.

    Presenter: Eileen Shader - Director of River Restoration at American Rivers

    For questions: flood@pafpm.org 

    1 CEU

    Duration: 1.5 hours

    • September 22, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • SRBC Offices (Education Event) - Appalachian Brewery (Social)
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    As the world begins to get back to a new normal, PAFPM would like to invite flood professionals, advocates, and partners to an education/social event to celebrate our accomplishments over the year.   Join us in Harrisburg on September22nd.  More details forthcoming.  

    *PAFPM Conference will be in Spring of 2022.  

    Agenda: (tentative)

    • noon-5PM Education Sessions @ Susquehanna River Basin Commission (4423 N Front St, Harrisburg, PA 17110)
    • 5:30/6PM-9PM Social Event (complementary drinks and food) @ Appalachian Brewery (50 North Cameron Street Harrisburg, PA 17101)


    • $1,500 allowance to attend 2022 ASFPM Conference in Orlando Florida (some restrictions apply)  
      • Must be a current PAFPM member and be present at the social event to be eligible 


    • Free for PAFPM Members
    • $50 for non-members (includes PAFPM Membership thru December 31, 2021)  
    • Block of hotel rooms will be available (approx. $120, not included in admission) to stay the night
      • Contact  Staybridge Suites Harrisburg Hershey® - 920 Wildwood Park Dr, Harrisburg, PA 17110 - (717) 233-3304

    Education Credits: 4 (tentative)


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