Who We Are
What We Stand For
An adaptable nation resilient to flooding and prepared for tomorrow’s changing climate.
The mission of ASFPM is to promote education, policies and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains – all without causing adverse impacts.
We recognize that our mission to the nation is accomplished when we serve both our members and the public, and we strive to adapt to the increasing and changing needs of both.
Our policies, products and services deliver unique, compelling value to society, our members and partners. We support and promote innovation and technological advances in all aspects of flood risk management.
We seek to make informed decisions with a focus on future flood risk and preserving ecosystems into the future to preserve their natural flood reduction. The future is underpinned by science, long range planning, and policies that are in the public interest.
Driven and energetic in every endeavor. We lead by example and focus on collective success.
We value the uniqueness of each individual and his or her contributions to ASFPM, ASFPM’s Mission and to society. We recognize the unique value of the state and its role in addressing the nation’s flooding issues.
We succeed when we individually and collaboratively work towards solutions to the nation’s flooding problems. Comprehensive solutions to flooding problems require multiple approaches and contributions from the federal, state, local, individual, and private sectors.
While ASFPM recognizes the need to use all tools to manage flood risk, because ASFPM’s mission is to also recognize the natural functions of floodplains, non-structural flood risk management options are preferred over large flood control structures.
The Association of State Floodplain Managers began in 1977 as the supporting organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, flood preparedness and flood warning and recovery. Today ASFPM is the most respected voice in floodplain management practice and policy throughout the nation. Our 19,000 national and chapter members represent local, state and federal government agencies, citizen groups, private consulting firms, academia, insurance industry and lenders.
As climate change has increased the intensity and frequency of severe storms, the need for sound floodplain management is more important than ever. ASFPM’s influence is expressed through policy and practice changes that impact floodplain management in the U.S. and internationally. Our goals are to help the public and private sectors:
- Reduce the loss of human life and property damage resulting from flooding.
- Preserve the natural and cultural values of floodplains.
- Promote flood mitigation for the prevention of loss and the wise use of floodplains.
- Avoid actions that exacerbate flooding.
Director Emeritus, Sr. Policy Advisor
Founding member of ASFPM
National Flood Barrier Testing and Certification Program
Become a Member
Whether you work for a government agency, higher education institution, or in the private sector, ASFPM bridges those entities and creates a focus on floodplain management matters that matter most to you.
- Department of Interior
- Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Housing and Urban Development
- National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- United States Geological Survey
- Wisconsin Coastal Management Program
- Argosy Foundation
- ASFPM Foundation
- Kresge Foundation
- McKnight Foundation
- Pew Charitable Trusts
- Westfield Insurance Foundation
- Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado
- University of Wisconsin, Madison
- Wharton School of Risk Management and Decision Process Center, University of Pennsylvania
- DHS Coastal Resilience of Excellence, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Texas Community Watershed Partners, Texas A&M University, AgriLife Extension
- American Planning Association
- American Rivers
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Association of State Dam Safety Officials
- Association of State Wetland Managers
- Coastal States Organization
- Council of State Governments
- Environmental Defense Fund
- Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety
- National Association of Counties
- National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies
- National Association of Realtors
- National Emergency Management Association
- National Estuarine Research Reserve Association
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- National Governors Association
- National States Geographic Information Council
- National Wildlife Federation
- Resources for the Future
- RTI International
- Taxpayers for Common Sense
- The Nature Conservancy
- Union of Concerned Scientists
- United States Conference of Mayors
- Urban Land Institute