Flood Mitigation and Management

Anyone that has been following the situation in South Carolina can see how flooding can have immediate and long-term impacts on communities. This article has identified resources to help deal with the unique challenges that come with a flood emergency.

ARTICLE | Oct 8, 2015

September is National Preparedness Month, and the theme this year was “Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.” 

During the month of September, the In the Know blog identifed resources inside and outside the Knowledge Network to help you plan for flood, wildfire, hurricane, and power outage emergencies.

FEMA, in its Local Mitigation Planning Handbook, states that the best way to mitigate the impacts of flooding is to develop a comprehensive emergency plan. I have identified some resources that can help you deal with the unique challenges that come with planning a response for a flood emergency.

  1. This document from the United National Environment Program (UNEP) states that one can use green infrastructure solutions to mitigate flood events. The document addresses water management challenges as well as the costs and benefits of green infrastructure solutions.
  2. The FEMA Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant Program (FMA), established by the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968, provides funding to communities that reduce or eliminate long-term risk of flood damage. This page provides more information about the grant program. 
  3. Life, Well Run highlighted how Charles City, Iowa, administrator Tom Brownlow used flood planning to address the damage flooding wreaked on the community’s waterfront. This community developed a dam to mitigate flood events and simultaneously created the only white water course within 1,000 miles. Most importantly, the new Riverfront Park has become a focal point of activity for Charles City residents.
  4. One important component of flood management is stormwater management. This blog post identifies resources for managing stormwater.
  5. The Municipal Research and Services Center, a nonprofit organization supporting the success of local government in the state of Washington, published an article that identifies resources on flood hazard management planning.

Also, check out the Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government, 2nd Edition. This textbook from ICMA is a comprehensive resource on state-of-the-art emergency management for local government.


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