The Flood Awareness Apex applies new and emerging technologies to improve community resilience from flood disasters. Our goals are to reduce flood fatalities and property losses, as well as enhance community-wide resiliency to disruptive flood events.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Flood Apex Program was created at the request of the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to bring together new and emerging technologies designed to increase communities’ resilience to disruptive flood events and reduce fatalities and property losses. Flood Apex focuses on three goals for improving the performance of the flood management community. Each of these can be addressed to a significant extent by transitioning new technologies, new analytics and new policy approaches that leverage the R&D advances that Flood Apex is sponsoring and partnering on.
- Improve Disaster Response and Event Management
- Enhance Individual and Business Flood Resilience
- Enhance Community Resilience and functional recovery
Research has now been largely completed. The program will be expanding its community pilots and operational experiments to support final R&D and transition activities in alignment with the program lifecycle. For transition, Flood Apex is working intensively with FEMA and other transition partners to plan for hand-offs of Flood Apex material solutions and knowledge products.
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.
- Automated National Structures Inventory Project Fact Sheet
- Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Partnering to Plan for Flood Risk Fact Sheet
- Community Hazard Assessment and Mitigation Planning System (CHAMPS) Assessed to Help Mitigate Disasters Fact Sheet
- Enhanced Resiliency Experiment Framework Fact Sheet
- Flood Analytics: Improving Risk Assessment and Community Resilience Fact Sheet
- Internet of Things (IoT): Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensors Fact Sheet
- National Resilience Standards for Flood Proofing Products Project Fact Sheet
- Private Flood Insurance Market Evaluation Project Fact Sheet
- Rethinking America's Costliest Disaster Fact Sheet
- Smart Alerts Pilot Project Fact Sheet
- Utilizing the Landsat Mission and Spectral Indices to Automate Flood Extent Mapping Fact Sheet
- Flood Apex Program: Rethinking America's Costliest Disaster Infographic Infographic
- Flood Apex Program Overview: Rethinking America’s Costliest Disaster
- Low-Cost Flood Sensors: Performance Analysis
- Low-Cost Flood Sensors Urban Installation Guidebook
- Low-Cost Internet of Things (IOT) Flood Inundation Sensors- Stakeholder Feedback
- New Orleans Flood Resilience Experiment After Action Report
- Feature Article: New Guidebooks Help Urban Communities Install Low-Cost Sensors to Reduce Flood Risks
- Snapshot: S&T, N.C. Partner to Test Flood Sensors, Build Resilience
- Snapshot: S&T Supports FEMA with Comprehensive Flood Insurance Report
- News Release: DHS S&T Partners with Local Communities to Improve Flood Resiliency
- Snapshot: National Conversation on Homeland Security Technology: Commercial Flood Insurance Roundtable
- Snapshot: S&T Helps Train Public Safety Practitioners in Flood Preparation
- Snapshot: Making Flood Forecasting Easier, Faster
- Snapshot: Homeowner Flood Insurance Roundtable Dialogue
- Snapshot: S&T & New Orleans Teamed Up to Conduct Flood Relief Planning Exercise