Things to consider: How to communicate flooding vulnerabilities and increase community resiliency
Resiliency is the ability of a community or individual to rebound after a disaster. Projects can include a wide range of efforts, including:
- Efforts to improve communication and strengthen networks to reach people in need more quickly and effectively.
- Outreach to educate people on how to protect their home and family in the event of an emergency, such as preparing a communications plan, compiling an emergency kit, or distributing information on building techniques to reduce flooding such as home elevation.
- Community wide projects to reduce flooding impacts such as constructing living shorelines, seawalls or bulkheads, improving drainage, or elevating roads.
- Community projects to increase safety in the event of a flooding event, such as relocating at-risk critical facilities.
- Efforts to reduce the costs of flood insurance, through entering the FEMA Community Rating System (CRS). This program provides a menu of options that communities can take to reduce flooding risks and assigns points to each. The more points a community has, the greater reduction in flood insurance residents will realize. (Note that compliance with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a prerequisite for entering the CRS program.)
These are just a small sampling of the types of projects that our client communities have asked us to undertake to increase understanding of and resiliency to flooding.