Education and Professional Development Committee

KAMM Committees

Participation in committees allows KAMM members to promote issues, challenges, and best practices that are important to them as well as an opportunity to network.  Ultimately, the committees will help develop and recommend policy to the KAMM Board.


Education and Professional Development Committee

To join the committee or for information, please contact Co-Leaders:  Alex VanPelt or Katherine Osborne.

Education and Outreach Committee Mission Statement *

KAMM’s Education and Professional Development Committee is an organization of mitigation, floodplain, planning, and emergency management professionals committed to promoting educational opportunities, advancing professional standings, maintaining high ethical standards, enhancing local partnerships, and developing outreach tools for use in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  The committee works with the KAMM Board and other partner agencies to promote and increase professional education opportunities to KAMM members, promote policies and activities that increase mitigation and risk awareness, and to develop community services of benefit to KAMM and its members. 


Education and Outreach Committee Goals

  1. Promote and support appropriate training for KAMM members in the Commonwealth
  2. Enhance the floodplain and mitigation management professions
  3. Encourage Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) certification
  4. Increase the effectiveness of training opportunities delivered by KAMM
  5. Increase mitigation and risk awareness
  6. Share best practices

* Mission Statement and Goals updated May 2018 to include professional development 


Professional Development Supporting Tasks

  • Leverage the KY Floodplain Coordinators contact spreadsheet and other distribution lists (EM, KLC, KACO, new KAMM members) to increase KAMM contacts. (Goal 1 & 2)
  • Provide online training opportunities at the completion of Regional Trainings to those unable to attend in-person trainings. (Goal 1, 2, 3)
    • Items to discuss: PDHs, Regional Rep Support, presentation software, recording vs live presentation, can offer certificate for hour
  • Encourage Floodplain Management Minor students at WKU, as well as faculty, to attend the KAMM conference. (Goal 1)

– Items to discuss: Costs to student, student grant, student and faculty abstract submittal, free attendance with presentation

– Note: Conf 2016 coincided with WKU start of classes (08/22/16)

o Fall Break was 10/ 6-7

  • Analyze conference attendance to determine possible conference location (pending attendance decrease or alternate meeting location approval). See Figure. (Goal 3)
  • Develop Comprehensive Outreach Plan for KAMM. (Goal 3)
  • Leverage KAMM survey results to ensure proper flood risk messaging and topics of interest. (Goal 1 & 2)
  • Develop additional surveys to share best practices and determine potential assistance that may be offered by KAMM. (Goal 4)
  • Leverage ADD Districts for engagement, existing trainings, Risk MAP product use (required), and local champion identification. ADDs to serve as host rather than provider would be best. (Goal 1, 3, 4)
  • Add cost increase to survey if attendees care?
  • Establish relationship with Kentucky Association of Counties (KACo) & Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) to align our mission of enhancing the floodplain and mitigation management professions with their mission(s)
  • Coordinate a joint-training opportunity where KAMM can support KY statutory continuing training requirements.  For more information, link to KRS 147A.027


Committee Agendas and Notes

March 20, 2017


December 2018 – KAMM Winter Retreat





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