Coastal Bend Communities Tackle Hazards Complacency and Boost Preparedness

The Mission-Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve worked with several partners in the low-lying Coastal Bend region to counteract community complacency about hazards and strengthen resilience to heavy rain events, tropical storms, sea level rise, and other threats.

Reserve staff members partnered with the City of Aransas Pass on a resilience plan that identified critical infrastructure and vulnerable areas. They worked with Nueces County and the Aransas County Navigation District to erect high-water-mark signage, plus other signposts describing how past storms and hazards affected the local economy and quality of life. A resilience survey they conducted is helping Rockport businesses prepare for storm and flood impacts. And their support on a Rockport floodplain management plan helps officials apply for insurance-rate reductions through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Community Rating System. (2016)

Partners: Aransas County, City of Aransas Pass, City of Rockport, Mission-Aransas Reserve, Nueces County