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Your Voice is Needed to Help Develop a Community Flood Risk Guidebook

by | Jun 27, 2018 | News & Views

Your Voice is Needed to Help
Develop a Community Flood Risk Guidebook

Written by Tim Trautman, P.E., CFM,
Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Storm Water Services Program
Manager & ASFPM’s Mitigation Pod Facilitator

Our
profession recognizes hazards are an act of God and nature. We live in a beautiful,
dynamic and sometimes violent world. However, our modern society has “rode
around the sun” enough times to be able to predict where most flood hazards
will occur. Either by mapping, past history or intuition, we know where
flooding is most likely in our communities. We also know what properties are
most likely to get damaged or destroyed by floods. Sure, there are a few
surprises along the way, but unpredictable events are rarely the ones that
emotionally and financially devastate our communities and federal resources.

Local
communities have the biggest impact on whether flood hazards become disasters.
We all need places to live, work and recreate. Development is necessary within
our communities as part of living in a modern world. WHERE and HOW we grow,
coupled with how we ADAPT our existing risks, are the key pieces to a hazard
resilient community. Ultimately, effective risk management and long-term
resilience must be formed and managed at the local level. We should want locals
to take on ownership of their flood risk and work with state, federal and private
sector to drive risk to a level they can live with.

What
if proactive communities had the knowledge, skills and ability to manage their
flood risk like a portfolio of assets (tracking risk like retirement
investments)? Flood risk in each of our communities changes every year with
growth and mitigation actions.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Storm Water Services in North Carolina is working on a project for Department
of Homeland Security to develop a Flood
Risk Guidebook that communities could use to manage their “flood risk portfolio” in the floodplain. It will be based on a Risk Assessment and Risk Reduction
planning tool we developed five years ago. But your input, along with lessons
we’ve learned, will help us refine the approach so it’s applicable to a wide
variety of communities (different flood types, datasets, mitigation approaches,
etc.).

PLEASE HELP US HELP COMMUNITIES
ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I’m asking you to provide input from a community
perspective by taking an 18 question
survey. Although it will focus on flood, the guidebook concepts could have
applicability to other hazards too. Please share the survey with any other
communities you know of that deal with flood hazards.

Visit www.ManageFloodRisk.org for more background on the project
and to take the flood risk survey.

Together we can serve our communities in bigger and
brighter ways! Thanks!

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