2017 KAMM Conference Recap and Presentations


Our Conference Theme

“KAMM i am…”

While brainstorming the conference theme, we embraced the concept that “KAMM i am” can mean many things.  “I” can mean integration such as integrated water resources or resilience approaches,  “A” could be adaptation; such as adapting to a changing world or a local community adapting a program, and “M” is and always will be mitigation. 

i am” can also mean so many more things; things like, “I am the floodplain coordinator/zoning official/GIS specialist/city manager…or, I am an engineer, or I am in over my head…”. 

At the conference, we will hear success stories so our mitigation community can be successful by integrating, adapting, and mitigating at the local level.  


Conference Overview

The Conference this year has several presentations and workshops catering to mitigation managers at many skill levels, including beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.  Some examples of beginner presentations include ‘So I’m the Floodplain Coordinator, Now What?’, ‘Best Practices for Hazard Mitigation Planning’, and ‘Flood Mitigation Assistance Grants’.  Examples of Intermediate presentations include ‘FEMA HMGP Acquisitions & the NFIP’, ‘Landslides in Kentucky: Mapping, Modeling, and Collaborating’, and ‘Using ICC (Increased Cost of Compliance) Funds for Mitigation’.  

These presentations and workshops are being conducted by a wide range of individuals and organizations, so this is a great opportunity to interact with people from other agencies and communities.  Some of these agencies include the KY Division of Water, KY Emergency Management, KY Department for Local Government, FEMA, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service, local officials, and more.


Pre-conference Agenda 

August 28, Monday

  • High Water Mark Training:  An Initiative to Record Flood Elevations on a Local Level – USGS and KDOW – great for emergency managers
  • What to Expect When You’re Constructing: KDOW Regulatory Workshop – KDOW
  • KAMM Annual Golf Scramble
  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) Exam
  • Centralized Elevation Certificate Review and the CRS Workshop – ISO – a must for CRS Coordinators
  • NWS SKYWARN Weather Spotter Training – NWS
  • KAMM Bicycle Ride
  • Exhibits Grand Opening and KAMM Welcome Fest


Annual KAMM Conference Agenda

See the Conference Agenda for a full breakdown of the presentations and workshops being offered this year.  Link to a detailed Final agenda: 2017 KAMM Conference Final Agenda August 28 – 31.  Link to the entire KAMM conference packet, includes abstracts and bios.

Conference Agenda Summary 

August 29, Tuesday

  • KAMM Awards
  • Mapping Station: Open at Tuesday and Wednesday in the afternoon, by appointment
  • KAMM Committees –  Link to overview of KAMM’s committees

August 30 Wednesday

  • Plenary – Kentucky Silver Jackets
  • 4-Hour Workshop – Using the FEMA Substantial Damage Estimator (SDE) Workshop; Mark Vieira, FEMA RIV
  • KAMM Regional meetings. Link to KAMM’s four regions 
  • Mapping Station  – Open at various times, by appointment
  • Final Ballots due for KAMM Board Elections

August 31, Thursday

  • Plenary – After the Storm – The Migration of NWS Damage Surveys into the GIS World; Joe Sullivan, NWS
  • Plenary – Transformative Integration at the Kentucky Geological Survey: Providing Better Support for Natural Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency; William Andrews and Bill Haneberg, KGS