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Showing off the National Flood Barrier Testing and Certification Program
Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Making sure communities have the products and knowledge to ensure their resiliency is a priority for ASFPM and our partners. We were honored to be invited to the U.S. Capitol Sept. 25 to participate in an interactive technology demonstration and conversation hosted by the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus and Department of Homeland Security.

Our booth featured the National Flood Barrier Testing and Certification Program, a collaboration between ASFPM, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and FM Approvals. We implemented this program to test and certify flood barrier products used for flood proofing. We also wanted to make sure the products (temporary barriers, closure devices, backwater valves and mitigation pumps) met the stringent approval standards of ANSI 2510.

ASFPM Executive Director Chad Berginnis and Deputy Director Ingrid Wadsworth staffed the booth and fielded questions from congressional staff (and not surprisingly, a large contingent was from Texas, Florida and New York). They were especially interested that these products are certified to work as advertised. Temporary barriers and window and door barriers are financially significant investments, whether a city is purchasing them to protect the community, or homeowners are buying to protect their houses. That’s why this testing and certification program is so important, and why it’s generating so much interest. All of the products listed on the NFBTC webpage have earned the FM Approved “diamond standard” label.

The Science and Technology Directorate, a component within the DHS, serves as the research and development arm. S&T specifically invited ASFPM to highlight how well a cross-sector collaboration can help address resiliency issues at the community level, all the way down to a neighborhood level.

We also made an appearance Oct. 22 at the IAEM national conference

ASFPM set up a booth Oct. 22 at the International Association of Emergency Managers conference, educating folks about the National Flood Barrier Testing & Certification Program. Some of you might remember Drew Whitehair, the guy giving a thumbs up. He's back with ASFPM and ready to talk about NFBTC: http://nationalfloodbarrier.org/


ASFPM developed the fact sheet, “Options for Protecting Homes & Businesses from Floods,” which we invite you to share with your citizens via your websites and social media pages. Want to learn more about NFBTC products? Click here.

Photo top from left to right: Ingrid Wadsworth, Chad Berginnis and Dr. David Alexander, S&T’s Flood APEX Program Director.








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