Matt Riggs Attended the Association of State Floodplain Managers Conference in Arizona

Matt Riggs, GIS Analyst at the Polis Center (IUPUI), attended the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) conference in Arizona to better understand hazard mitigation in the world of GIS. Riggs mentioned that, “The ASFPM conference is easily one of the most important events that I attend. The bulk of my work here at the Polis Center focuses on helping Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) fulfill their grant responsibilities to FEMA relating to Digital Flood Map production and Risk MAP activities. These FEMA driven initiatives are part of a nationwide program, and the ASFPM conference brings together people from almost all 50 states and US territories who are working with FEMA on similar efforts together in one place.”

Attendees included professionals and leading figures in the world of floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, National Flood Insurance Program, and flood preparedness, warning and recovery. The ASFPM strives 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.”

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