Tera Mathis

Tera Mathis

City of Duncan has announced one Duncan Emergency Management Coordinator has officially become a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) through the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

Tera Mathis, who has worked with the city for over 13 years, is the full time emergency management coordinator and floodplain manager, according to a release. She received the certification through ASFPM, a nationally recognized organization “comprised of professionals who are involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, the National Flood Insurance Program, flood preparedness and recovery.”

City Manager Kim Meek said this certification will prove beneficial for the city and its residents.

“We are so excited that Tera passed the CFM certificate,” Meek said. “Having that knowledge in a potentially disastrous situation will improve the safety for all Duncan residents. The safety of our citizens will always be our number one priority.”

Through the certification process, Mathis had to complete a “rigorous closed-book exam” that nationally, only two-third of applicants pass. The certification comes with more responsibilities, which continue to grow "due to the recent nationwide increase in disaster losses,” according to a release.

These extra responsibilities include “the administration of FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program to insure compliance and reviewing and approving permits in the Special Flood Hazard Areas” as well as “minimizing the impact of hazard through mitigation to improve the infrastructure and alleviate the cycle of damage-rebuild-damage commonly experienced with flash flooding.”

Mathis said she learned a lot through the certification process.

“The knowledge that I gained during this certification process will be vital should there ever be a flash flood related disaster,” Mathis said. “I appreciate the city administration’s support as I’ve studied and obtained this certification. It wasn’t easy, and I hope to use what I’ve learned to benefit my fellow Duncan residents.”

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