To mitigate the impact of flood disasters, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has initiated multiple projects across the nation through its Flood Apex Program.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is ready to take the steps necessary toward cost effective, faster and frequently updated flood risk assessment tools.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (SWS) is a joint municipal/county storm water utility that includes Charlotte, the surrounding towns of Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville and Mecklenburg County. The role of SWS is to provide year-round management of runoff from rainfall, reduce flooding, restore floodplains and protect the water quality of surface waters county-wide.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with local communities to improve resilience to flood disasters. S&T announced today its latest community partnership with Howard County, Maryland and the National Weather Service (NWS).
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), along with FEMA and the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), is partnering with the Kentucky Division of Water and private consulting partner Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. to investigate new and emerging technologies in dam-related flood monitoring and warning to help protect lives and the nation’s critical infrastructure, while reducing the cost of such a disaster if it were to occur.
While still very small, there is a growing private market for residential flood insurance. With stakeholders providing mixed reviews on the ability of – and interest for – private sector expansion, there are many open questions about the nature of the market today and how it will evolve in the coming years. The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Flood Apex Program is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and Resources for the Future, to investigate these mixed reviews.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recognizes this critical need as an opportunity to develop new standards to test and certify additional product categories for semi-permanent flood barriers and seal-ants, as well as S&T funded low cost flood sensors. To develop the new standards, S&T is partnering with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) to expand the National Flood Barrier Testing and Certification Program (NFBTCP) to include standards and testing for the new flood proofing product categories.
Flood disasters cause major destruction to commercial properties, disrupting commerce and impeding a community’s ability to recover from flood events. Without flood insurance, business recovery can be costly and difficult: approximately 25 percent of businesses forced to close after destructive events such as floods never reopen. There is a significant need to raise business owners’ awareness of their flood risk and to provide education on commercial flood insurance options to increase the number of insured businesses. To address these needs, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology is focused on gathering stakeholder insights to identify flood risk and insurance information, along with tools to build more resilient communities.
The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently had the chance to address national public safety and homeland security leaders, first responders, and geographic information system (GIS) professionals on the issue of flood resiliency.
The Department of Home-land Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Flood Apex program is using new technologies and approaches to better understand flood risks and build new tools to mitigate them.