Flood Mitigation 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.  KAMM members should be recruited to assist in committee activities, develop ground rules, and delegate activities.  Ultimately, the committees will help develop and recommend policy to the KAMM Board.

Road to Forming Committees – What Topics Interest KAMM Members:  On the 2015 KAMM Conference registration form, we asked attendees to rate mitigation topics by their top 5 interests.  Link to the Mitigation Topics Survey and Results from 2015 Conference Attendees.


Flood Mitigation Committee

To join the committee or for information, please contact Committee Leads Josh Human or Kamm Board Mentors Esther White or Sarah Taylor.


Flood Mitigation Committee Mission Statement

Our mission is helping KAMM members promote Flood Mitigation within their communities through identifying their risk, funding opportunities and providing best practice examples.


Flood Mitigation Committee DRAFT Goals

  • Assemble “Best Practices for Flood Mitigation” on KAMM website
    • Break this into 5 separate categories (structural, non-structural, educational, regulatory, funding opportunities). 
  • Expand flood mitigation outreach through attending other conferences, regional trainings and other events
  • Promote other conferences that are of interest to flood mitigation professionals on the KAMM website


Flood Mitigation Committee Agendas and Notes

January 24, 2017

August 2017 KAMM Conference Notes


Open Space 

Flood-prone neighborhood is converted into a park

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Shepherdsville, a small town in Kentucky, transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a popular community park.  In 1997, backflow from the Ohio River left 90% of the town underwater and forced the evacuation of 1,000 people.  Afterward, the town secured FEMA grants to elevate homes south of the river and raze 20 damaged homes in a neighborhood on First Street.  The town converted the land left vacant by the demolition into a park with trails, softball fields and recreational equipment, providing the community with new green space as well as a floodwater buffer zone.

Benefits of Mitigation of the Shepherdsville projects

Economic benefits – $3.2 million Total monetized benefits

Return on investment – 144.5% Estimated return on investment

Benefit-cost ratio – 2.5 Benefit-cost ratio 

Source: White, Esther. Establishing Long-Term Cost Effectiveness of FEMA Buyouts: A Loss Avoidance Study of the Acquisition/Demolition of 22 Properties in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. University of Kentucky Martin School of Public Policy and Administration, 2011

Read more about the project: http://www.floodeconomics.com/communities/shepherdsville-ky/



Annual Report of the Flood Insurance Advocate’s Office

February 28, 2017

FEMA released the second Annual Report of the Office of the Flood Insurance Advocate (OFIA).  Link to the Annual Report.

The OFIA identified six primary policyholder and property owner frustrations in 2016 that present opportunities for ongoing program improvement.  These issues are:

  1. erroneous Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) property designations;
  2. gaps in flood insurance agent education;
  3. the need for consistency across FEMA Regions in public mapping outreach;
  4. difficulties in accessing Increased Cost of Compliance (ICC) coverage;
  5. difficulties with multiple and conflicting flood zone determinations; and
  6. inability to obtain a refund of the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) surcharge when cancelling a NFIP policy.

The issues identified in this report are based on the observations of OFIA through the hundreds of inquiries submitted to the Office this past year.  These issues represent areas of concern that have a long-term impact to a broad population of NFIP customers.  The Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration’s (FIMA) program areas were provided an opportunity to respond to these findings and responses are included with this report.

NFIP Flood Insurance Advocate:  The OFIA advocates for the fair treatment of policyholders and property owners by providing education and guidance on all aspects of the NFIP, identifying trends affecting the public, and making recommendations for program improvements to FEMA leadership.  The OFIA is an independent office within FEMA with direct alignment to the FIMA Associate Administrator and the FEMA Administrator. 

For more information:  link to FEMA’s OFIA website.










KAMM mailing address: KAMM, PO Box 1016, Frankfort, KY 40602-1016.

Have questions, contact us at help@kymitigation.org.  Don’t forget to join the KAMM group on LinkedIn.