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ASFPM PresentsRemembering the past – insuring the future

The Association of State Floodplain Managers will convene the world’s largest and most comprehensive floodplain management conference, our 37th annual gathering, June 9 -14, 2013, in Hartford, Connecticut.

Join 1,200 of the nation's floodplain managers June 9 - 14, 2013, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT, as we pilot improvements in flood risk management and national policy.  Government Officials, planners, engineers, consultants, watershed managers, flood protection product vendors, educators, and others will gather for the most comprehensive floodplain management conference in the world.  Participants interact, exchange ideas, make contacts, form partnerships, and prepare for a more sustainable future for flood damage reduction.

Our theme for 2013 is derived from New England's rich history and its vibrant future.  The play on words with "insuring" is a tribute to Hartford's status as "the birthplace of insurance."  Connecticut is New England's second smallest and southernmost state.  Its compact borders contain a variety of landscapes, from the shoreline beaches of Long Island Sound in the south, to urban skylines and quaint historic villages, and hardwood forests in the northwestern and northeastern hills.  The Connecticut River Valley cuts through the center of the state.  Despite New England's reputation for a rugged climate, Connecticut's weather is moderate, but weather extremes can happen in each of the four well-defined seasons.  There are approximately 8.400 miles of rivers and 253 miles of shoreline, which were heavily developed for commercials, residential, and industrial uses during the past 380 years. Flooding is the most prevalent and frequent natural hazard that impacts the state.  Flooding can occur any time of year and consists of coastal, riverine, and urban events resulting form the occurrence of hurricanes, strong summer thunderstorms, winter storms (nor'easters), spring snowmelt, and ice jams.  Hurricanes and tropical storms have historically struck the state, with the most damaging being the Great New England Hurricane of 1938, aslo called the Long Island Express, which struck the state on September 21, 1938.  Large flood events that occurred between the 1930s to the 1960s led to the construction of many flood control projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including the Connecticut River levee that protects the state capital of Hartford from flooding.  Hurricane Sandy, which struck in October, 2012, will likely eclipse the damages of 1938.  Sandy's effects continue to be felt throughout the area and this conference will highlight the recovery and mitigation steps underway to ensure future protection.

Throughout the week, more than 250 of the industry’s experts will conduct plenary and concurrent sessions and share the state-of-the-art in techniques, programs, and resources to accomplish flood mitigation, watershed management, and other community goals. A three-day comprehensive exposition features the materials, equipment, accessories, and services vital to get the job done. Supplementary technical field tours and training workshops provide in-depth training. Numerous networking activities offer additional opportunities to learn from each other.

The conference is conducted by the Association of State Floodplain Managers, the world's leading voice for sound floodplain management, with 34 Chapters and over 15,000 members world-wide.


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