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The formation of GAFM is the result of the concerted efforts of numerous individuals and organizations sharing a common desire to forward the cause of sound floodplain management. Membership in GAFM is open to all professionals, public and private entities, students and citizens interested in or involved in floodplain, watershed, stormwater, wetlands and hazard mitigation management and/or related disciplines within the State of Georgia.

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GAFM 11th Annual Technical Conference - Mountains to Shore:  Managing a Multitude of Risks

The 11th Annual GAFM conference will be held at Lanier Islands. This conference will focus on effective planning and education for sound floodplain management. Conference attendees will hear from subject matter experts from state, local and federal governments, and private sector consultants.

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If January’s storms/disaster resulted in damage to structures in a “Special Flood Hazard Area” and the damage is estimated at 50% or more, then these structures must be brought into compliance with the current Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance for a given community.  A Substantial Damage Estimate must be prepared for these structures.

FEMA will present a 1-day workshop/training titled “Substantial Damage/Improvement Estimates.

What: Substantial Damage Estimates (SDE) class

When:  March 7,  2017 @ 9am to 5 pm.

Where:The “Candy Room” located within the Riverfront Resource Center at 125 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA.

Who:    Mark Viera/FEMA

Details.  Class will include a field visit to a damaged residential structure.  Bring appropriate field clothes.  The class will consist of a morning session in the classroom.  An afternoon session in the field. Then a final classroom session.

Registration: Download registration form,  https://training.fema.gov/apply/119-25-1.pdf

Obtain FEMA SID  https://cdp.dhs.gov/FEMASID

There is no charge for this class.  Return completed registration form to Thomas.tkacs@dnr.ga.gov.


2016 - 2017 GAFM Board Members –




 CHAIR - Michael Blakley

 CENTRAL - Rebecca Cox

 REP 1 - Sean Roche

 VICE CHAIR - Kelen Shostak

 METRO - Ligia Negru

 REP 2 - Duane Demeritt

 TREASURER - Traci Brown

 NORTH - Kelia Kimbell

 REP 3 - Haydn Blaize

 SECRETARY - Shannon Brewer

 COASTAL - Tom McDonald

   EAST - Shari Medrick

 SOUTHWEST - Farhad Alifarhani

  • GA DNR Flood Response Toolkit, Floodplain Management Quick Guide and Videos - Georgia DFIRM


GAFM Newsletter - November 2015 PDF

ASFPM 2015 Atlanta - Conference Presentation and Conference Evaluation


Listen to a Wall Street Journal article on Flood Insurance Rates Rising in Coastal Communities.

Watch the "Mitigation Policy Issues in New Jersey - Following Hurricane Sandy" presentation given by the GAFM NAI Committee and presented by Mr. John A. Miller given on August 8, 2013

Watch the B/W 2012 video from H20 Partners!!!!!

Information from FEMA on the Biggert-Waters Act of 2012, view the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 fact sheet and the FEMA NFIP Changes PowerPoint Presentation for more information.


Thanks to Our 2017 GAFM Sponsors!!!!!

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