Election time is here again. The Nominating Committee has created a list of NMFMA members willing to serve on the Board of Directors for the next 2 years. After you log in with your member password, VOTE for your choice of officers by clicking on the blue tab labeled Election-NMFMA Board. Please vote. It is your association and it can only serve you when you actively participate.
All voting will be done on the web site and on-line voting will close on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 11:00.
The Days Inn and Suites has informed us that their block of rooms for our workshop has been extended through April 11. The room rates are $54.95 and $64.95. If you don't already have a room, now is a good time to reserve one. (575-762-4491)
Calling All Conference Attendees!! We are excited to continue the Silent Auction as a fundraiser for our New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association this year following its tremendous success at the conference in Hobbs/Lea County last fall. All attendees are invited to bring a silent auction item with them – something unique to their community - to the Clovis Floodplain Managers conference in April. The contact for the auction is Mr. Louis Gordon with the City of Clovis at (575) 763-9639 firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Fall 2014 workshop will be held in Elephant Butte, NM October 14-17, 2014. Carlos Bustamante, 575-405-9131, email@example.com is the Conference Director. John Gwynne, 575-525-5554, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Carl Lukesh, 575-525-5558, email@example.com , are co-Program Directors
The Spring 2015 workshop will be held in Albuquerque in April 2015. Curtis Cherne, 505-924-3986, firstname.lastname@example.org is the Conference Director.
The Fall 2015 workshop will be held in Ruidoso in October, 2015. Curt Temple, 575-258-5934, email@example.com is the Conference Director.
To see Power Point versions of the Fall 2013 conference presentations, go to the Committees tab and click on the Conference Committee page.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION AWARDED FLOOD MODEL FOR OUTREACH AND EDUCATION EFFORTS
Outreach Process Partners Announces the Winner of the Annual
“Flood Risk Education In Schools Campaign” Giveaway Contest
(Albuquerque, NM) – Due to an impressive application highlighting their outreach goals and needs for their community, the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association won Outreach Process Partners’ annual Flood Risk Education In Schools contest. The contest awards the winner one WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System (also referred as the flood model) with a custom case for use in their youth education and outreach programming.
In an effort to support outreach to educate our Nation’s youth affected by flooding and promote floodplain management, the Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign aims to inform children, teens and young adults about the importance of floodplain management. As part of this pro bono/give-back effort lead by Outreach Process Partners, LLC (OPP), an annual contest is held to determine the recipient of a WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System.
“New Mexico experienced significant flooding this past summer due to the cyclical process typically caused by spring winds followed by wild fires and subsequent flooding. This recent flooding impacted youth in New Mexico, including youth on tribal reservations,” said David Turk, Chairman of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association. “This floodplain simulator will be used to educate New Mexico youth and families, including those on tribal reservations, about processes and dangers associated with flooding. It will be used to empower New Mexico youth and families with information to heal from tragic consequences and engage in community capacity building and resilience, and prepare a new generation of youth who understand flooding from an engineering and scientific perspective.”
ABOUT FLOOD RISK EDUCATION IN SCHOOL CAMPAIGN:
In collaboration with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Outreach Process Partners, LLC (OPP) is leading the Flood Risk Education In Schools campaign. The overall mission of the campaign is to help children in recently flooded areas understand what happened through hands-on play so they can begin to process the event and heal from the trauma of flooding. By featuring WARD’s Stormwater Floodplain Simulation System or other flood models in school or other youth-based presentations, these educational demonstrations showcase the effects of flooding and how proper floodplain management can reduce and/or eliminate potential damages.
ABOUT NEW MEXICO FLOODPLAIN MANAGERS ASSOCIATION:
NMFMA is New Mexico’s Chapter of the Association of State Floodplain Managers and a respected voice in floodplain management practice and policy in New Mexico.
NMFMA and its mission to reduce the losses, costs, and human suffering caused by flooding; to educate New Mexicans about floods, floodplains and floodplain management; and to promote a balance between development and the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains.
For more information about NMFMA, please visit our website at http://www.nmfma.org/.
NMFMA recognizes CFMs who were recently certified by the NM CFM Program. Congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored at the NMFMA Fall 2013 Workshop in Hobbs on October 16, 2013:
|Bryan Aragon, CFM
||Los Alamos County
|Michael Camponovo, CFM
|Alandren Etlantus, CFM
||Bonannan Huston, Inc
|Kent Freier, CFM
|Matthew Kneeland, CFM
||Pettigrew & Associates
See more info on the FEMA/NFIP page under the Other Agency tab.
NMFMA has purchased 24 copies of "Federal Flood Policies - The Cause of Flood Disasters", a book on CD written by Leslie A. Bond. These copies were purchased at the pre-publication price of $10 and are available to our membership as long as they last. You can order a copy by sending your $10 to NMFMA, PO Box 3924, Roswell, NM 88202. NMFMA will pay the postage.
Wendy Blackwell, CFM, who is the State Hazard Mitigation Officer, sent the following articles that may be of interest to NMFMA members.
Press Release Template from FEMA regarding post-fire flood insurance
FEMA Region VI Powerpoint presentation on post-fire flood threat
What Insurance Agents Need to Know about the Wildfire 30-Day Waiting Period Exception (10/12/12 Memo)
The NFIP’s Specific Rate Guidelines Fact Sheet, Biggert Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act 2012
Recently added: Public Comment Period for the State Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan
You can read these on the "State of NM" tab under "Other Agencies".
Fall 2013 Workshop Sponsors
NMFMA would like to thank the following sponsors of the Fall 2013 Workshop in Hobbs, NM. Sponsors assisted with the cost of breaks and the social events that we all enjoyed during the conference. Thank you for your generosity and continuing support of NMFMA. Click HERE to see the Sponsorship Brochure.
Dennis Engineering Company
Wilbanks Trucking, Inc
State Farm Insurance - David Whitten
Purpose: To plan and produce semi-annual workshops for New Mexico
floodplain managers and others.
Chair: Mike Czosnek, CFM, City of Socorro firstname.lastname@example.org
Purpose: To make GIS more available to NMFMA members
and communities throughout the State.
Chair: Eric Nemeth, CFM, URS Corporation, email@example.com
Our GIS Committee Page contains interesting tidbits from the worlds of GIS and is updated regularly.
Training and Education Committee
Purpose: To develop training and education opportunities for floodplain managers and others.
NMFMA is interested in developing more training opportunities for its members. If you have ideas about training classes that can be given at our conferences/ workshops or as separate training events, please contact us.