March 18, 1998 Panel DiscussionFlood Plain Management, High and Dry
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Avagene Moore, EIIP Coordinator
Amy Sebring, EIIP
FEMA National Flood Insurance Program page
FEMA NFIP Library page
Floodplain Management Website
USACE National Flood Proofing Committee
EIIP Virtual Forum Online Panel Discussion
"Flood Plain Management, High & Dry"
Brian Iserman substituting for Jonathan Fuller
Robert (Bob) Durrin
EIIP Panel Moderator - Avagene Moore, CEM, EIIP Coordinator
The EIIP Virtual Forum hosted floodplain management experts in a panel session on Wednesday, March 18, 1998, to discuss "Floodplain Management: High and Dry." The panelists represented the academia, business, government and volunteer/NGOs.
Questions to the panelists were designed to give an overview of floodplain management programs/initiatives, research, and private sector involvement; questions directed to the ASFPM Chair emphasized the purpose of the association and announced a proposed certification program underway for floodplain management professionals. A great deal of research has been done in this area and some progress has resulted. The panelists also pointed out the importance of collaboration between everyone involved; of special note, by working with the private sector, state associations and individual managers can expand their resources and access to highly technical knowledge of floodplain management that may not otherwise be available. As usual, the dialogue suggested there is a need for more coordination between people involved in floodplain management and emergency management at all levels.
Approximately 30 people participated in part or all of the panel discussion. Please see the edited transcript of the 3/18/98 Panel Discussion for the full import of this discussion on floodplain management.
State Coordinator, National Flood Insurance Program
After many years in the insurance industry in Ohio, Terri "retired" to Arizona in 1977. After boredom set in, she started working for Arizona State government at the Division of Emergency Management. She assisted with several relocation projects after the flooding disasters in 1978 and 1980. She served as the state's hazard mitigation officer for the floods in 1983.
In October of 1983, the FEMA contract for the Community Assistance Program under the NFIP was transferred by the governor to Arizona Department of Water Resources along with Terri. Since that time she has been working with Arizona's communities on their floodplain management programs.
Terri was present at the organizational meeting for the Arizona Floodplain Management Association and devoted most of her waking hours to getting it started. She's been active in the Association of State Floodplain Managers for several years, served as chair of the Arid Regions Committee for 7 years and as vice chair for 2 years. She is currently chair of that organization.
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Principal and Owner of JE Fuller/ Hydrology & Geomorphology, Inc.
Jon Fuller is Principal and Owner of JE Fuller/ Hydrology & Geomorphology, Inc. He has served as a project manager, project geomorphologist, and project engineer for studies and projects throughout the west. Mr. Fuller has performed floodplain & hydrologic engineering analyses throughout Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California and Montana. He has extensive experience using a variety of computer models including HEC-1, HEC-2, HEC-RAS, HEC-6, and FLUVIAL-12. Mr. Fuller has 12 years of professional experience, four of which were in floodplain management for the Pima County (Arizona) Flood Control District. He is a registered civil engineer (AZ, NV, UT, OR), a registered professional hydrologist, and a geologist-in-training. Mr. Fuller holds a B.S. in Geology and a M.S. in Geosciences (Paleoflood Hydrology) from the University of Arizona. Jon is active in the Association of State Floodplain Managers, ASCE, is a past Vice-Chair of the Arizona Floodplain Management Association, and currently chairs the AFMA technical committee.
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Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies
Burrell Montz is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY. She has more than 20 years of experience in natural hazards research, focusing mainly on issues associated with floodplain management. This research has been undertaken in the United States and New
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Natural Hazards Program Specialist
Bob Durrin is a National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Region IV, in Atlanta, GA. He was previously located (from November 1991 to September 1996) in the Region IX office in San Francisco where he coordinated NFIP activities for Northern California, Hawaii, and the Pacific territories. He was the Region's Community Rating System Coordinator and NFIP Training Officer. In Region IV, he is assigned the State of Mississippi and Northern Florida. He provides assistance, training, and program guidance to communities on the NFIP's participating
Mr. Durrin was hired as the Regional NFIP State Coordinator in his native New York State in 1984. He had served for 5 years (from 1979 to 1983) in New York as a Senior Engineering Technician with the Dam Safety Program prior to joining the NFIP. With Dam Safety and under the purview of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, he conducted dam inspections and was instrumental in compiling the New York State portion of the National Inventory of Dams. In addition to NFIP administration, he provided administrative and inspection oversight with the State's Flood Control and Coastal Erosion Programs.
Mr. Durrin also works with lenders and their customers financing properties in floodplains and flood insurance.
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