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.
This week, DHS S&T co-hosted an outreach event with the Congressional Smart Cities Caucus to highlight how new technology can support hurricane resilience and save lives.
DHS S&T's Flood Apex Program funded a project with the Risk Management and Decision Processes Center of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
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.
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.
Thousands of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel and partners continue to provide life-sustaining resources to Puerto Rico while aggressively working 24-hours to restore power and return daily routine.
Since Hurricane Maria impacted the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to work in support of the Islands.