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      Congratulations to Loretta Hatch!   She was hired as the New Mexico State Floodplain Coordinator effective February 8, 2020! As you know, Loretta has been with the DHSEM Mitigation Unit as a Mitigation Specialist since August 2019. What you may not know is that she served for seven years as the Village of Bosque Farms Planning and Zoning Administrator, Floodplain Manager and Code Enforcement Officer. She provided development and plan review, was responsible for enforcement (including courtroom experience with prosecuting violations) and conducted outreach throughout the community. She also applied for, managed, and implemented the New Mexico Clean and Beautiful Grant for the Village.


She has served on the Board and been President of the New Mexico League of Zoning Officials. As a member of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association she has served as the Region IV Director and Conference Committee Chair. She currently serves on the board of the Middle Rio Grande Economic Team promoting economic development for Bosque Farms.


In addition to providing technical assistance, site inspections, application review, and overall support as a Mitigation Specialist, in the last six months Loretta has taken the lead on National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Assistance Visits, coordinated a multi-agency committee on State NFIP compliance and  completed the new ‘State Tiered Assessment’ for floodplain program funding. She has even taught two week-long ‘Introduction to the NFIP’ (L273) classes. It’s exhausting just listing all of her accomplishments!


We are thrilled to have Loretta stay on the Mitigation Program Team in her new role as State Floodplain Coordinator. Her contact information is and 505-377-1616. Please join us in welcoming your new State Floodplain Coordinator, Loretta Hatch!


Wendy Blackwell, CFM

Preparedness Bureau Chief


New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management

PO Box 27111

Santa Fe, NM 87502



Office: 505-476-9676

Cellular: 505-231-8517

Primary Email:

    Congratulations to our new State Floodplain Coordinator


Loretta Hatch, formerly with the Village of Bosque Farms, recently joined NMDHSEM as a Mitigation Specialist and has been working in Santa Fe for several months.  Yesterday she signed the papers accepting the position of State Floodplain Coordinator!  Congratulations Loretta.  NMFMA wishes you the best of luck in your new career.



L-273 Managing Floodplain Development Through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

LOCATION: Bernalillo County OEM Atrium 6840 2nd Street NW Albuquerque, NM 87107
DATES & TIME: February 10, 11, 12, 13, & 14, 2020 [8:00 -17:00]

The CFM Exam will be held Friday February 14, 2020 Registration for the exam must be done though NMFMA at the following link:
NMFMA CFM exam application and instructions

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to provide an organized training opportunity for local officials responsible for administering their local floodplain management ordinances.  The course will focus on the NFIP and concepts of floodplain management, maps and studies, ordinance administration, and the relationship between floodplain management and flood insurance.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND: This course is intended for local officials responsible for administering local floodplain management ordinances, including but not limited to floodplain management administrators, building inspectors, code enforcement/zoning officers, planners, city/county managers, attorneys, engineers, and public works officials.  Federal/state/regional floodplain managers also are encouraged to attend.

PREREQUISITES REQUIRED: Recommended: Participants unfamiliar with NFIP maps and studies are HIGHLY encouraged to complete the following online tutorials immediately prior to attending the course at (under Other Tutorials tab): Flood Insurance Rate Map tutorial, Flood Insurance Study tutorial, IS1100, Increased Cost of Compliance, IS1102, The Theory of Elevation Rating, IS1103 Elevation Certificate for Surveyors, IS1113 Coastal Barrier Resources Act

COST: There is no cost for registered participants and course materials are provided.

REGISTRATION: To register go to

NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: A Notice of Acceptance and additional information on the course will be sent to applicants prior to the course start date.

For additional information contact:

Fred Hernandez, 505-470-4712,

Loretta Hatch, 505-377-1616, 

      The next NMFMA workshop/conference is scheduled for next April 7 to 10, 2020, at the Drury Hotel in Santa Fe.  If anyone is interested in helping to organize the Spring 2020 conference they should contact our Conference Committee Chair, Loretta Hatch, at .

   CFM Study Guide

ASFPM has recently developed a CFM Study Guide  to help those who are interested in becoming a CFM to study for the test.  Click on the link or go to CFM Certification, Certification. 

These You Tube videos may also be helpful as you study for the CFM exam:

Part 1 - Intro: History


Part 2 - Ancillary items to FPM


Part 3 - BFE


Part 4 - Mapping


Part 5 - Map:FIS Excercise Example


Part 6 - NFIP


Part 7 - Elevation Certificate

The CFM exam is proctored at every NMFMA Workshop/Conference.

    New CFMs


NMFMA recognizes CFMs who were recently certified by the NM CFM Program. Congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored at the NMFMA/Arid Regions Conference held at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque, NM on April 17, 2019:



Juergen Donaubauer, CFM      
Otero County 
Eric Hamilton, CFM Wilson & Company
Warren Hardin, CFM         Eddy County
Douglas Mize, CFM Souder Miller & Assoc
Chelsea Morganti, CFM NMDHSEM
Christine Soulsby, CFM Wilson & Company
Laurie Stout, CFM Village of Corrales
Sonia Walker, CFM Village of Los Lunas

Also, congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored at the FEMA 273 Course offered in El Paso, TX by TFMA on June 14, 2019:

 Jeffery Patterson, CFM             City of Carlsbad        

Also, congratulations on passing the CFM exam proctored in El Paso, TX by TFMA on August 16, 2019:

Cecilia Estrada, CFM          City of Las Cruces


FEMA is seeking Environmental Floodplain Specialists and Historic Preservation Specialists.  Check out the FEMA/NFIP page on the "Other Agencies" tab.


    NMFMA Committees



Conference Committee


Purpose:    To plan and produce semi-annual workshops for New Mexico

                    floodplain managers and others.

Chair:    Loretta Hatch, CFM, Village of Bosque Farms, 


Our Conference Committee Page contains important information about past, present, and future conferences.


GIS Committee   


Purpose:    To make GIS more available to NMFMA members

                    and communities throughout the State.

Chair:    Anders Berg


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.
Chair:    Jim DeAngelo, CFM,


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. 




  Purpose of the New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association

1. To promote public awareness of proper floodplain management;
2. To promote the professional status of floodplain management and secure all benefits resulting there from;
3. To promote a liaison between individual concerns with proper floodplain management and to
  encourage the exchange of ideas;
4. To keep individuals concerned with proper floodplain management well informed through education and
  professional seminars and to provide a method for dissemination of information, both general and technical;
5. To inform concerned individuals of pending floodplain legislation and other related management 
  matters, and;
6. To study and support legislation pertinent and necessary to the effective implementation of floodplain
  management matters.