Association of State Floodplain Managers

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. Its mission is to mitigate the losses, costs and human suffering caused by flooding and to promote wise use of the natural and beneficial floodplain functions. Today ASFPM is the premier voice in floodplain management practice and policy throughout the nation. 17,000 national and chapter members represent local, state and federal government agencies, citizen groups, private consulting firms, academia, insurance industry and lenders. ASFPM's influence is expressed through policy and practice changes that impact floodplain management in the U.S. and internationally. ASFPM's goals are simple – 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.

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary, ASFPM has created an interactive timeline of significant historical events that have impacted the association and its mission to reduce loss of life and property due to flooding.  

ASFPM also administers the Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) Program. If you would like more information on CFM certification, please click here.