The ADvanced CIRCulation (ADCIRC) storm surge model combines rain, atmospheric pressure, and wind forecasts to predict when, where, and to what extent flooding will inundate a coastal community with greater precision than other available models. This enables decision-makers to identify which locations will become unsafe and plan for mitigation and response before severe storms occur.
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.
Each year, floods kill more people and cause more economic damage than any other natural disaster. Every state suffers from at least one form of flooding—coastal, riverine or flash floods—and many are vulnerable to all three. In 2016, the U.S. experienced 32 major disaster declarations and six emergency declarations involving flooding.
Destructive flooding is a growing threat across much of the United States, claiming more and more lives and property each year. S&T’s Flood Apex program addresses the threat on several levels and draws on the experience of vulnerable communities such as Austin and New Orleans to guide research and experimentation.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance & Mitigation Roy Wright addresses FEMA’s efforts to strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program and reduce the financial loss from damage to property caused by floods.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration Deputy Associate Administrator Brad Kieserman and FEMA Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation Roy Wright address the impacts of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on small businesses.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate addresses FEMA’s implementation of the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA).