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Three Webinars This Month Starting Next Week

Codes & Regulations: It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law

Tuesday, July 14, 2020, 2:30 pm-3:30 pm CT

Monday, July 13is the last day to register.

Hear from FEMA's Mike Segner an overview of the critical codes & regulations to adhere to in a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and how the ordinance corresponds to the specific types of SFHA and corresponding map in each community. Then, hear from the local perspective with Shelia Bellott, CFM, and floodplain administrator for unincorporated Faulkner County, AR and some cities within the county. One hour of continuing education credit (CEC) is being pursued for this course through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).


Back2Basics Series with FEMA's Mike Segner: Your Local Flood Ordinance, With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 10:30-11:30 am CT
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 10:30-11:30 am CT

Choose from either offering. This hour long course will provide an overview of the key components of the flood ordinance, definitions and authority behind it. Additionally, the class will cover minimum vs. higher standards, special cases and how to enforce the ordinance. One hour of CEC is being pursued for this training through ASFPM.


Base Level Engineering (BLE) the Desk Reference Release

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12-1 pm CT

This month's FEMA Region 6 Virtual Brown Bag will feature the release of the BLE Desk Reference. BLE is a method of producing watershed-wide, accurate flood hazard information in communities where flood hazards are currently unmapped or un-modernized. It provides community staff with better hazard data to make more-informed decisions and additional tools to perform their jobs. One CEC will be available for Certified Floodplain Managers.


REPEAT OFFERING: When Older Homes Have to Meet Newer Requirements, Substantial Damage and Improvements

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 2-3 pm CT

If you missed it the first time around, or just want to hear the information again, sign up for this repeat training. Hear from FEMA's Brian Bartley on substantial improvement and substantial damage requirements for National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) participating communities. Grant funding opportunities will also be discussed. Then hear about SI and SD from the local perspective with Bill Smith, P.E., CFM, Oklahoma Floodplain Management Association Disaster Response Team Coordinator and contract Floodplain Administrator for four Oklahoma communities. One hour of CEC is being pursued through ASFPM for this course.


 Election of Officers to serve on the NMFMA Board of Directors is now active.  Once you log onto the web site with your password, click on the the tab above labeled Election-NMFMA Board and follow the instructions there.  Elections will be active until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.  The election results will be posted on the Home page of the NMFMA web site as soon as the votes are counted.


Support your association by participating in the election process.  It only takes a few minutes.


Here is some  online training and CEC's through ASFPM.

ASFPM’s Webinar Sprint! has scheduled a new, free CEC-eligible webinar offering. The Webinar Sprint! is an e-learning initiative produced by ASFPM and designed to meet the diverse training needs of all our members and CFMs nationwide. These webinars are all CEC-eligible and are either low cost or completely free. They address such important topics as: flood insurance, regulations and standards, nonstructural approaches to flood mitigation, and more.


Our next event covers FEMA's BRIC program, an important topic for many of you. FEMA Headquarters' BRIC section chief, Camille Crain, will be presenting on the program and answering as many question as time will allow.


The ASFPM Webinar Sprint! will run through the end of June, so please be on the lookout for additional updates before then.


JUNE 24, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Central

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC): An Overview

Register Here:

Cost: FREE

1 CEC available for CFMs


Contact to learn more.  



 NMFMA would like to recognize those individuals who have passed the NM CFM exam to become Certified Floodplain Managers under the National CFM Program.  Congratulations to the following CFMs who passed the exam proctored at the FEMA 273 course on October 11, 2019 in Las Vegas, NM:

Blaine Carter, CFM Bernalillo County
Andrew Daus, CFM
                       West Consultants, Inc
Parviz Eftekhari,
CFM    Louis Berger Group
Louis Jaramillo, CFM
                    Chaves County
Tiffany Justice, CFM
                     Los Ranchos de Albuquerque
Stephen Morse, CFM
                    City of Aztec

Congratulations also to our most recent CFMs, who passed the exam this year; that was proctored at the FEMA 273 course on February 14, 2020 at the Bernalillo County OEM in Albuquerque, NM:

Jeremy Baker, CFM Pettigrew & Assoc.
Timothy Pitts, CFM City of Las Cruces
Danielle Villegas, CFM City of Sunland Park





NMFMA 2020 Spring Conference - Postponed due to COVID-19

The NMFMA Board has decided to reschedule the NMFMA 2020 Spring Conference in light of the Governor’s Public Health Emergency Declaration regarding COVID-19.  The new dates are November 17 to 20 in the fall of 2020.


As many of you are aware, the NM Governor has declared a Public Health Emergency for the COVID-19 virus. As a result of this declaration the state is canceling large events through at least April and is limiting state employee travel. They are also advising limiting large public gatherings. As other communities and organizations respond, this could also impact the ability of others to attend the conference. As a result, the NMFMA Board feels it is the best interest of our conference attendees and members to postpone the NMFMA 2020 Conference. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our conference attendees and members very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by the public health officials.


Due to this rescheduling, if you have already registered for the conference and would like to stay registered for the fall 2020 conference, your existing registration will carry over automatically. If you are unsure of your ability to attend the fall conference and would like a refund, please contact JD Padilla or Grant Pinkerton. We, as the NMFMA Conference Committee, are unable to see any hotel reservations, so if you have already booked your hotel room, please contact the hotel directly for cancellation or rescheduling.


We thank you for your understanding and will update the NMFMA community as plans are solidified for the 2020 Fall Conference.




Nicole M. Friedt, P.E., CFM



Here is information on obtaining online training through - FEMA Region 6.




You Have an Important Job, We Have Training


Did you know: The average local floodplain administrator/manager in FEMA Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas) has less than 20% of their workload dedicated to floodplain management. But protecting people and property from flooding is a big job. While some of you are full-time and solely dedicated to floodplain management, we recognize that we also have volunteers, part-time staff, emergency managers, mayors, city administrators, building code inspectors, engineers and many more managing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)  in your communities. 

Each month we will send an email with upcoming training opportunities so you can have the training you need to do your job. Please feel free to forward these to other staff in your community who may be interested. Below we feature three free training opportunities: 1. an elevation certificate course, 2. a Base Level Engineering (BLE) webinar, and 3. a social media outreach webinar. 


1. Online Course: IS-1105.A: EC Made Easy: Elevation Certificate Overview
Offered by: 
FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute
Date: Available anytime
Length: 2 hours

Take this online course at anytime. It outlines the purpose of the FEMA Elevation Certificate (EC), how to obtain an EC, how to locate a professional to complete or update an EC, how to complete the EC, how to interpret a completed EC, and how to locate a copy of a completed EC. Link:


2. Webinar: FEMA’s March Virtual Brown Bag--Community Practices with Base Level Engineering (BLE) in Arkansas
Offered by: FEMA Region 6 Risk Analysis Branch
Date and time: Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 12 pm – 1 pm CT
 1 hour

Register now for this month’s FEMA Region 6 Virtual Brown Bag presented by Whit Montague, Arkansas State NFIP Coordinator and Climatologist. As BLE becomes available in more watersheds in our region, community leaders are looking for ways to use and communicate about it. Whit will share her approach, tools she’s created and lessons learned as she engages communities with BLE data. Please RSVP for this free webinar through the Eventbritepage. Watch your inbox: an Adobe Connect Link and meeting audio details are sent one day prior to the webinar to those who register. One Continuing Education Credit hour will be available for Certified Floodplain Managers. Link: 


3. Webinar: Mitigation Message Calendar for Social Media
Offered by:
 FEMA Region 6 Mitigation and External Affairs
Dates and times: Wednesday April 8, 2020, 10 am – 11 am, CT or Thursday, April 9, 2020, 10 am – 11 am, CT (click the date you’d like to register for)
Length: 1 hour

Register now for either offering. You will be given a calendar of proposed social media posts that teach and remind your citizens how to protect themselves and their property from multiple natural hazards. Learn how to add your own logo to existing FEMA graphics to amplify the messages and make them your own. Learn how to use hashtags and how to assess how effective your messages are. An Adobe Connect link and a call-in number will be provided via email to all registrants prior to the training session. If your office doesn’t have their own social media account, invite other city, county or response offices with a social media account to sign up. Links: and






ASFPM'S Webinar Sprint!


Dear Friends:


Hopefully all of you are staying safe and productive by practicing effective social distancing, teleworking, or taking some time off.Unfortunately, one of the effects of the pandemic is that many events, which are opportunities for Certified Floodplain Managers to earn Continuing Education Credits, have been canceled or rescheduled until later in the year.


Whether you are a CFM needing credits for your upcoming recertification deadline, interested in learning more about floodplain and flood risk management, or just getting stir crazy at your remote work station,ASFPM’s Webinar Sprint!initiative can help.


Beginning the week of April 1 through June 30, ASFPM developed a special e-learning initiative by holding at least 12 webinars.These webinars are designed to meet the diverse training needs of all our CFMs nationwide. The webinars will be either low cost or free and will feature topics covering flood insurance, regulations and standards, nonstructural approaches, and many other areas. So far, we have four webinars you can register for below. Please monitor your inbox for additional information, including links to register for individual events.


MARCH 31, 1 pm - 2:30 pm CDT

Subdivision Design for Flood Resilience, Part 1

Register here:


This is a free event.


APRIL 2, 1 pm - 2:30 pm CDT

Subdivision Design for Flood Resilience, Part 2

Register here:


This is a free event.


APRIL 8, 11 am - 12 pm CDT

CHARM: A Data Driven Interactive Planning Tool

Hosted by ASFPM's NAI Committee

Register here:


This is a free event. However, as a Lunch and Learn webinar hosted by ASFPM’s No Adverse Impact Committee, these webinars are typically for ASFPM members only.


APRIL 14, 11 am - 12 pm CDT

Nonstructural Flood Proofing for Managing Flood Risk

Register here:


This event requires payment. ASFPM members can receive a 50% discount on registration by applying the discount code available by registering for this webinar through the member login on ASFPM’s website instead of the link above.There is a discount code tutorial video available here:



Contacttraining@floods.orgto learn more.


     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:


Emergency Management Specialist - Mitigation Specialist 

Please see the job opportunity for an Emergency Management Specialist – Mitigation Specialist listed below.

If interested  you may apply by selecting the job opportunities page found on SPO”s website at . You may find the position by using the Job Order #110959.


   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.


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

  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.