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!


PLEASE NOTE: This is an unclassified, public facing website that will include a participation from a wide range of stakeholders, including industry, academia, state, local, tribal and territorial governments and foreign government partners. Information that is discussed or posted on the Collaboration site must be non-sensitive, and appropriate for the aforementioned audience. As with any open forum, please remember that on the Collaboration site you should not discuss or post sensitive technical, classified, for official use only, export-controlled, proprietary, trade secret or privacy information. The disclosure of critical or sensitive information poses a risk even if it is reasonably expected that it is already available in the public domain.

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Dialogue Session: Share Your Insights on Flood Resilience!

What would motivate you to purchase flood insurance?

Did you know there are 8 to 9 million structures in high risk flood zones? And that only 2.6 million are covered by the National Flood Insurance Program?

 

What information affects an individual's decision to purchase flood insurance?

 

Research suggests that understanding risks, a false sense of security, and cost can contribute to this complex issue. What do you think can be done to help?

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NEW DHS-RAND HSOAC CONTRACT IMPLICATIONS

I have a flood of questions for readers to consider about the following... - PURPOSE: Discuss up-coming changes and implications related to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) contract with the RAND Corporation, to operate and manage a new Research and Development Center known as the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center (HSOAC). - NOTE: Questions posted below ...more »

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Essential information for first responders when a flood emergency is imminent

Road conditions, weather predictions, power status, and status of communications are top-tier elements of information essential to any hazard. When you are certain that a flood emergency will occur, what else do you need, when do you need it, and how do you need it?

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Alert & Warning Solutions

The alert and warning problems raised yet again in the latest S&T National Conversation cannot be fully addressed without infrastructure modernization. Our 10+ year study and technical feasibility efforts showed that ‘smart’ alert and warning devices are key, and the only practical path to the required performance, precision, flexibility and reliability. This ‘smart’ tech can deliver (not just issue but cause people ...more »

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Unprecendented Flash Flooding in Historic Ellicott City, MD

On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the small town of Ellicott City experienced a severe flash flood that killed two people and damaged many of the town's historic downtown core and destroyed hundreds of vehicles. The rapid onset of the flood caught many residents and visitors by surprise, and according to several residents, was the worst they had ever seen. The National Weather Service reported that over 6 inches of rain fell ...more »

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