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S&T FRG Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Partnering to Plan for Flood Risk Fact Sheet

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.

S&T Private Flood Insurance Market Evaluation Project Fact Sheet

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.

Snapshot: National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology: Commercial Flood Insurance Roundtable

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.

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