Did you know floods are one of the most common types of natural disasters? Or in 2015, floods caused more deaths and destruction of property than any other natural disaster? Floods affect us all – no neighborhood, community, state, or region is immune to their threat. To help build flood resilience, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) developed its Flood Apex program, which is aimed to create a decision support system-of-systems for community risk assessment and resilience planning. The Flood Apex will culminate in the development of the National Flood Decision Support Toolbox, which will help users in making crucial decisions before, during, and after events.


S&T wants your insights on how to best enhance community protection, flood impact mitigation, flood response, and community recovery. Getting to the bottom of the issues starts with you. By participating, you're helping ensure that the National Flood Decision Support Toolbox is the best it can be.


Share Your Flood Story

If you've lived through a flood, what can you share with others to help them become more resilient?


Share Your Insights on Flood Resilience

What do you think needs to be addressed in the areas of preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery? How? By whom?


Questions? Contact us at email!


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Emergency Alerts and a Flooded Train Station

Last night while commuting on metro, I (and everyone else on my train platform) received a wireless emergency alert about flash flooding that could occur in the area. I was preoccupied thinking about the WEA system, and how it was kind of neat to see everyone on the platform get the message, and then two minutes later see everyone on the arriving train receive it as their train came out of the tunnel and they had access ...more »

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Lesson in timely evacuation: Katrina

My husband and I are shrimpers from Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, where we have lived for over 40 years. It is the last town on the east bank of the Mississippi River before it hits the Gulf of Mexico. I remember watching the weather news about the approaching storm. I remember packing all the pictures and placing them in garbage bags securing them on top of my dresser and chest of drawers. Also, the fishermen were ...more »

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Long-Term Preparedness

We moved into a non-flood plain area in 1988. Back yard is a bit of a bowl, with heavy downpours pooling near the back door. Early on, I'd be out there with a broom in the worst part of a thunderstorm, pushing water around the corner of the house. Later added gutters, to divert water from the roof. The came the French Drain, in an effort to stop the broom-work. After a few years, the access to the drain had grown ...more »

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FLOODING, LIKE CHARITY, CAN START AT HOME...

We always think of flood events on a macro level -- but effective mitigation can start AT HOME! In the 1990s, just 2-3 years after moving into our Illinois residence, came the historic rains and floods which made for the highest levels of water on the Mississippi in modern history. What it ALSO did was flood our basement -- complete with boxes we hadn't yet unpacked from our move! We discovered only AFTER this occurred ...more »

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St. Clair County, Michigan: Overwhelmed/Overbuilt Drainage

After years of working with our emergency management professionals to build mobile tools for responding to flood events; the implications of our neighbors' 1am call to proclaim "we are being flooded" seemed obvious... However, the full appreciation of a flood is achieved while listening to the sounds of air escaping from under your floors and then chasing earthworms from the soaked insulation between your studs after ...more »

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Torrential rain, no flood insurance, and a major hit to the wallet

A few years ago, while I was out of town, DC experienced an atypical torrential rainfall. Upon my return, I was greeted with a basement that still had about six inches of standing water in several spots; there wasn't a dry section of the entire floor. In the end, the basement had to be completely remediated given the mold and water damage - an event that cost me just shy of $7,000 since I had no flood insurance. Needless ...more »

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A road through troubled waters...

I can remember when I was a young boy in Florida having to try and make it to school during the hurricane season and our car getting flooded on the way there due to high water levels on the roads.

 

Now because of that experience I currently drive a Jeep Wrangler and My wife drives a Suburban.

 

Resilient transportation is a key part of my readiness planning because of that childhood event.

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Preventative Measures in Case of Flooding

I think there needs to be a water engineering management set of processes and procedures developed in order to mitigate these disasters and actually prevent damage. There seems to have been too little work done on building dams and other structures as preventative measures in order incur the least damages owing to flooding. I also feel you need a type of software-engineered simulation of flooding, whereby rivers, streams, ...more »

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Capability and capacity of local government and leaders

What capabilities are limiting in local government that prevents local government, government leaders, and other local leadership from taking action before an event to build resilience, or after a disaster from taking action to plan recovery integrating disaster resilience? Is it raw capacity -ie very limited government staff and roles? Lack of community planning experience? Lack of data or models? How important ...more »

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