Call for Abstracts - 2019 Ohio Statewide FPM Conference

2019 Ohio Statewide Floodplain Management Conference
in partnership with the Water Management Association of Ohio Annual Conference
November 13-14, 2019

Crown Plaza Columbus North Worthington
6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus, OH, 43229

OFMA is seeking presentations for this conference that focus on the following:

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
Flood Insurance
Flood Hazard Mapping
Damage Assessment
Flood Mitigation
Structural Flood Control (Dams, Levees, etc…)
Data, Engineering, & Modeling
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Water Resources Management
Education & Outreach
Green Infrastructure & Stormwater Management
Coastal Floodplain Management
Building Code 
Using Technology and Media for Floodplain Management

Submission Information:  The Call for Abstracts is open to anyone interested in making a presentation to the conference. Submissions will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee and selected based on content and relevance to floodplain management.  Submissions must be received by August 21, 2019 to be considered for presentation at the conference.  Incomplete or late submissions may be refused.  

To submit an abstract online, please click HERE

Submissions must be concise, limited to 500 words, and provide an accurate description of the policy, educational, scientific, engineering, or technological material to be presented at the conference.  
Submissions must be submitted through the WMAO website online form.  Please indicate you are submitting this abstract for floodplain management.

Authors selected as Presenters:
Will be notified of acceptance of the presentation by August 30, 2019.  
Are strongly encouraged to provide a copy of the presentation to the Conference Chair at the conference.

Audience:  In 2019, the Statewide Conference will offer one track on each day.  As the only floodplain management conference in Ohio, this annual event attracts a broad audience including local, state and federal government officials, engineers, consultants, planners, related non-profit organizations, and involved citizens.  Please develop your presentation using the sort of detailed and useful material that you would like to have presented to yourself.  Presentations that will interest the audience and generate conversation are encouraged.  Presentations focused on delivering a “sales pitch” approach will not be accepted.

Length and focus of presentation:  Presentations will be allotted 30, 45, or 60 minute sessions, unless otherwise indicated on the agenda.  Please emphasize conclusions and recommendations in your presentation based upon your professional experience(s).

Audio-Visual:  Authors selected as Presenters will use laptop computers and LCD projectors provided on-site, utilizing the Microsoft PowerPoint program.  Additionally, each presentation should either be brought to the conference via USB flash drive or submitted to the Conference Chair.  A moderator will monitor each breakout session.  There will be no extra time between speakers; therefore ‘swapping out’ personal equipment is strongly discouraged.

Travel arrangements:  Presenters are responsible for their own hotel, air, and other travel arrangements.  Conference facility and accommodations information will be posted at: .

Availability of Presentations:  Often, conference attendees request copies of specific presentations.  Attendees will be referred to contact Presenters directly to request and acquire copies of presentations.

Handouts:  All Presenters are encouraged to provide the Conference Chair with handouts relevant to the information delivered during their presentation for distribution to Conference Attendees.  These handouts must be submitted to the Conference Chair by October 25, 2019.  Presenters may also bring books, reports, pamphlets, handouts, and other materials that may be of interest to the audience. 

For more information about this conference, please contact Alicia Silverio at 614-265-1006 or