Share Your Insights on Flood Resilience!

What feedback do you have on the issues your stakeholders have posted? Or, want to start your own thread? Go ahead! Start a discussion on any topic or challenge related to flood preparedness, planning, mitigation, response, or recovery. Get specific. Post it, share it, and keep the conversation going. Insights and ideas will inform the National Flood Decision Support Toolbox--a resource S&T and FEMA will develop to help communities build flood resilience.


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Share Your Insights on Flood Resilience!

Tools for flood resilience planning (GIS and others)

I'm particularly interested in how GIS and various modeling tools are used by communities to plan for flooding events. What capabilities are available and what data sources are leveraged? How is accuracy determined?

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Flood message communication

Many agencies developed flood warning and forecast systems now. However, how each agency communicates the information to the public varies. Some are concerned about liability and others limit the communication to only responders. Suggest that we discuss an approach that is acceptable for most agencies and have proven to be effective.

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How are alerting systems or services being leveraged to warn the public of flood risks?

I'd like to see a conversation regarding alert and notification capabilities, i.e., what capabilities are available (or in development) to warn the public about flood risk areas before and during an event.

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Floodplain Management for Small Communities

Many municipalities are small and utilize part time staff. For such communities, complex mitigation planning and CRS entry are beyond their staff abilities and time. How can we better enable such communities to enforce floodplain standards, enter the CRS and plan for appropriate mitigation projects?

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Urban vs. Inland vs. Coastal flooding issues

I'd like to participate in a conversation regarding planning for flood hazards for various environments. That is, what issues are specific to urban, inland and coastal flooding? What issues are cross-cutting and what issues are unique to each environment?

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Risk Assessments and Mitigation Strategies and Techniques

It would be interesting to learn more about risk assessments and mitigation techniques, especially as it relates to the "whole-of-community" approach to flood resilience, which includes both physical infrastructure and social capital.

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Preparing for Climate Change based Sea level rise coastal flooding

The science is clear about the coming sea level rise, but not about exactly when and how much. Unlike storm based flooding, this will be permanent in the mid to long term, but will blur the line between floods as traditionally defined and storm surge funding. - What laws and regulations need to be changed or adopted to meet this need? - What tools can be developed to plan for the changes and the resulting periods of ...more »

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Sustaining Streamflow and Rainfall Observation Networks

Every year, the USGS and NWS embark on an exercise to "rescue" streamflow and rainfall gauges from a list of gauges that are up for removal due to a lack of funding support. Inevitably, gauges with long-term observation records are not "rescued." This is very short-sided as we interrupt the observational record which prevents climate-scale calculations of seasonal stream flow values and rainfall extremes. Many times ...more »

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Hydrology and Climate Change

As civil engineers and floodplain managers make daily decisions affecting development and new structures, applying the best available hydrology and floodplain maps, adding freeboard to assure compliance, we should stop and wonder. Will the local hydrology standards applied today be equivalent in size and shape to storms we will see 100 years from now? Are the decisions being made today going to stand the test of changing ...more »

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National Repository for Geo-Referenced Flood Pictures

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 »

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Increase funding for better science products that can be used to help build resilience

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 »

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Incentivize flood resilience

In order to encourage long term flood resilience we must get beyond the competition of economic development with mitigation and resilient growth. Incentives are needed to convince community leaders that mitigation actions are not mutually exclusive to economic development.

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