• Approximately 30% of structures in high-risk flood areas are not insured • 20% of flood insurance claims come from homeowners in low risk areas • Only 1% of structures in low risk areas have flood insurance • High premiums discourage the purchase of flood insurance • High premiums cause some to let their insurance policies lapse What apps, technology, or information might persuade INDIVIDUALS to buy flood insurance? ...more »
What data and information must you always have at your fingertips in order to create and maintain effective flood response plans with your emergency management partners (and why)?
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 »
While I personally haven't experienced the negative consequences of a major flood, I have encountered several instances of flooded roads that forced me to turn around. The most recent encounter I had was while I was driving along the California coast in search of a restaurant, and came upon a road that was flooded with water. While the thought of driving through the water did cross my mind, I remembered that it doesn't ...more »
Water Woes are A Popular Subject
This YouTube video highlights personal stories from homeowners in the Austin area where home buyouts were offered by the local government in order to mitigate future flood loses.
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 »
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 »
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.
BACKGROUND CONSIDERATIONS: All hazards begin locally and end locally, but in the middle, (for every hazard or event) there are “EO Climate Change” considerations and Executive Branch level Planning Framework designating Official Government Agencies as well as key stakeholders that will work with LEPC designated personnel and their Emergency Operations Plans during these (e.g. Flood events). The net labor and resources ...more »
Too frequently funds for viable science products are not available at a level to create/develop and implement effective science tools to help in better decision making, planning, preparation, response and recovery. These tools will also help guide effective mitigation actions. Tools would include stream and basin wide Flood Inundation Mapping, LIDAR and orthocartography, etc. Better science can lead to life cycle flood ...more »
We need to use citizen scientists and press organizations to help build a national repository for public domain pictures of flood impacts to roads and infrastructure. The necessity is two-fold. One, it answers the questions that NWS forecasters and emergency managers get all the time: What will that river level do to my house, business, agricultural land, etc. Two, it takes language and geographic knowledge out of the ...more »