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Meet ASFPM’s 10,000th Certified Floodplain Manager

by | Nov 7, 2017 | News & Views

We’ve
come a long way: ASFPM celebrates its 10,000th
CFM!

At our
Portland, Oregon national conference in May 1999, 33 people passed ASFPM’s
first Certified Floodplain Manager exam.
This October, Kim Johnson became
ASFPM’s 10,000th CFM!

Johnson is Wyoming’s NFIP
coordinator, what we call a state floodplain manager. The retired Air Force
Major, who graduated from Texas A&M with a degree in finance, first became
the state floodplain manager in 2006. He served until 2012 when he then worked
as Wyoming’s public assistance officer, and later returned as the NFIP
coordinator in 2015.

Johnson
said he decided to take the CFM exam because he thought it was the right thing
to do since he was getting back into that line of work.

“It’s
an ever evolving and changing field, especially on the insurance side,” Johnson
said. “Based on the standards of the exam, it gives you a solid foundation of
knowledge. And with any kind of credentialing, it proves that you have an
understanding and demonstrated grasp of the profession. Overall, the CFM
and body of knowledge that
comes with it is a good tool for understanding and implementing flood risk
reduction.”

Johnson
said he’d encourage others to take the CFM exam as well. “Floodplain management
and flood insurance are complicated disciplines. But I think if you do the
study tract and learn that body of knowledge, you will be well versed in the
interrelated parts of floodplain management.”

To
prepare for the exam, Johnson studied ASFPM guides and products, and took the one-day review course
while attending the Colorado Association of
Stormwater and Floodplain Managers’ annual
conference. He also suggested the FEMA 480 study guide and desk reference, and
the Emergency Management Institute’s E273 course. “While it’s not an official
prep for the CFM exam, I would highly recommend it because it is a great way to
prepare,” he said.

That
being said, Johnson, an Abilene, Texas native, admitted that the best training
came from growing up on a farm with a floodplain and living through the 1981
flood of record.

He said
getting the CFM is another extension of wanting to help people, make places
safer and reduce costs. ASFPM wishes him well on this flood-risk reduction
path!

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