CFM Volunteer Assistance - Sandy Recovery
ASFPM is compiling a listing of ASFPM members and Certified Floodplain Managers interested in volunteering to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
ASFPM anticipates that communities may need assistance from experts in floodplain management, especially as it pertains to the administration of NFIP regulations. Communities may be overwhelmed in doing post disaster inspections for safety and damages before property owners will be allowed to occupy or repair their homes.
ASFPM helped facilitate volunteers interested in providing assistance in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina and States in need of these resources were successful in obtaining skilled personnel to help.
The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is the nation's State to State mutual aid system to support these types of volunteer efforts. EMAC has been ratified by Congress and law in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The EMAC legislation solves the problems of liability and responsibilities of cost and allows for credentials, licenses, and certifications to be honored across State lines. However, State floodplain managers do not fit well into the EMAC categories. Therefore ASFPM is compiling a list of State employees and local officials that are interested in volunteering.
Following are procedures regarding how State employees can volunteer to assist the States impacted by Sandy:
- Get approval from your agency to volunteer to be deployed to assist States impacted by Hurricane/Super Storm Sandy. Volunteers will be deployed for a 2 week period.
- Fill out the form below to indicate that you are interesting in helping those impacted by Sandy. Information regarding your years of experience, areas of expertise and your credentials (e.g. CFM, PE) will be needed. You will also be asked to indicate when you would be available.
- ASFPM will compile this information and provide it to the impacted States.
- If a State does put in a request for a floodplain manager (specifically CFM), ASFPM will then send out notices to those that have volunteered indicating that they should contact their State EMAC coordinator to register. The CFM certification is a good way for EMAC to match the request for assistance with the resources that are available.
If you are a local official, you must first contact the EMAC Coordinator in your State to determine if you can become a "temporary agent of the State." Under EMAC, State agents or temporary State agents are the only resources that can be deployed. Most States have provisions for making local officials temporary agents of the State. Here is the link to State EMAC contacts http://www.emacweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=285&Itemid=256.
Potential Work Activities: Providing post disaster health and safety assistance and support to NFIP communities. Examples of these activities include:
- technical assistance implementing substantial damage requirements, including use of the Substantial Damage Estimating Software;
- assistance to communities enrolling into the NFIP;
- general floodplain management technical assistance;
- increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage, and
- assistance with a variety of hazard mitigation initiatives.
The work could also involve assisting with the NFIP call center. Work would likely be under the direction of the NFIP Coordinator for the State where the work is being conducted.
Thank you in advance for your consideration.