Creating a Flood-Ready Community

A leadership training, now in its fifth year, has taught one hundred-plus participants ways to lessen local flood risks by enacting practical plans, codes, and ordinances.

The “Creating a Flood-Ready Community” course has helped prepare more than 100 Delaware community leaders for current and future flood-related impacts. Attendees learn strategies for lessening community vulnerabilities through access to risk-assessment tools and techniques, outreach tips, and potential funding sources. Participants thus far represent each Delaware county and 25 municipalities as well as local organizations and private contractors. Course partners include the Delaware Coastal Management Program, Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, and many other organizations.

The course addresses not only coastal flooding but riverine flooding, drainage issues, and the future implications of climate change. The Delaware Research Reserve helped develop this course, which is offered regularly by the University of Delaware’s Institute for Public Administration. (2018)

More Information: Delaware Coastal Programs

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, University of Delaware Institute for Public Administration

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