Creating a Flood-Ready Community

A new training program for community and municipal leaders prepares towns for current and future flood risks. The training begins with an overview of current conditions and moves on to include climate change and sea level rise implications. The training also reviews national and state floodplain requirements, community involvement exercises, information about adaptation strategies, and assessment tools.

The Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve was a partner in the development of “Creating a Flood Ready Community” course, which is now a regular offering from the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. More than 60 community leaders have attended, representing more than 17 different Delaware municipalities and one county, as well as several community organizations and contractors. (2016)

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Partners: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Flood Mitigation Program, Delaware Coastal Management Program, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, Delaware Sea Grant, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration