Flood Mitigation Committee Chair Contacts
Despite billions of dollars spent to “control” floods or reduce risk, statistics show that each decade since 1900 has witnessed more flood losses than the previous decade. In addition, other large-scale factors like demographic shifts toward the nation’s coasts and catastrophic events like Hurricane Katrina hint that this pattern is likely to continue. Mitigation stands out as one of the best options our nation has to combat rising flood losses, and studies have shown that hazard mitigation, overall, is highly cost-effective. Mitigation frequently presents “win-win” situations by breaking the cycle of repetitive flood loss while also complementing other floodplain management objectives. However, successful mitigation is often not well understood because few people notice when a disaster does not happen. In the past, Congress has questioned the effectiveness of mitigation and whether to reauthorize funding. The Flood Mitigation Committee is committed to pursuing wise national mitigation policies with the assistance of its “Core Group” of active membership, as well as through its liaisons with state hazard mitigation officers and other organizations with flood mitigation interests.