Floodplain managers have to plan for many variables and uncertainties, including changes in storm and precipitation patterns, increasing development and impervious cover, expanding flood hazard areas and base flood elevations, and changing flood vulnerability and risk. In addressing these variables, there is one constant – MITIGATION MATTERS!
Hazard mitigation is the cornerstone of effective floodplain management at all levels of government and is a proven strategy to mitigate flood damages and associated recovery costs, and to promote public safety. The NJAFM 2018 annual conference will highlight progressive work that floodplain management professionals are doing in New Jersey to protect people and property from the adverse impacts of floods and storms, through comprehensive hazard mitigation efforts. Representatives of federal, state, county and local government, as well as academia and the private sector, will convene again in Atlantic City to highlight a range of floodplain management activities, with a focus on hazard mitigation.
The conference will include plenary sessions and concurrent technical sessions on a broad range of topics, including hazard mitigation, flood insurance, infrastructure, mapping, planning, flood modeling, regulations, floodproofing, stormwater management, flood proofing, construction standards and more.
A highlight of the conference will be the Cracker Barrel consulting session on the evening of October 23, with over 20 individual consulting tables staffed by government agency staff, engineering professionals, mitigation specialists, flood insurance representatives and others. Attendees have a unique opportunity to obtain guidance on topics important to their work and to network with a diverse group of floodplain managers.
This year’s event also includes a pre-conference training session on floodplain management concepts and principles, as well as ethics training for Professional Engineers and Certified Floodplain Managers.
In addition, the conference provides an opportunity to recognize floodplain management professionals through the NJAFM awards and the NJAFM/FEMA Community Rating System awards.
As always, Continuing Education Credits will be available for Professional Engineers, Professional Planners, Certified Floodplain Managers and Municipal Construction Code Officials.