While flooding is a natural event, damage from flooding reflects where and how we build more than the natural event. Our work focuses on helping Georgia communities build resilience to these events to reduce damages.
Resilience is our cities and other systems’ ability to deal with sudden shocks and long-term stresses due to weaknesses. Weaknesses include geographic location, built environment, and social and demographic factors that affect residents’ ability to respond to community stresses. Overall resilience is increased by reducing these weaknesses and then planning ahead for the challenges created by the natural environment.
Improving community resilience is a topic of discussion and research at all levels of government and academia. This topic is of interest to our partners at Georgia Sea Grant and Marine Extension. Our role is to connect those discussions and research to the daily needs of local governments. Through this connection, we hope to direct research and resources towards those areas that will help communities improve their resilience. We also want to provide the best available information to local governments that need it. Our current work in this area includes
helping Georgia communities adjust to recent changes in FEMA’s Nation Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)
aiding communities in improving their ratings in the Community Rating System (CRS)
assessing communities’ vulnerability to coastal flooding
assessing the cost effectiveness of various flood resilience techniques
providing resources and technical assistance for implementation of improved stormwater management techniques and green infrastructure