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Oklahoma CTP Collaboration Success

Challenge: In May and June of 2015, Oklahoma experienced severe flooding in the southeastern two-thirds of the state.

North Central Texas Council of Governments Integrated Stormwater Management Program Water Quantity and Quality through Development, Design, and Construction Strategies

Challenge: The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is a regional planning agency that assists local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit, and coordinating for sound regional development.

Kansas Online Map Review

Challenge: The Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Water Resources (KDA DWR) set out to improve stakeholder participation in Risk MAP projects and draft map reviews.

Kentucky Approach to Community Engagement and Risk Communication

Challenge: In a region that experiences numerous storms, a community’s mindset is often focused on disaster recovery, rather than mitigation actions that reduce losses.

Increasing Flood Risk Communication for Property Owners with Risk MAP Products

Challenge: In the new era of flood risk assessment, management, and communication, there is an increased need for awareness and action.

Maryland Flood Mapping Website

Challenge: A Maryland state law issued in 1933 required permits for activities that cause physical changes in the course, current, or cross-section of any (riverine) waters of the state.

Regional Floodplain Management in the Carson River Watershed

Challenge: Although floods are not new in the Carson River Watershed, floodplain development is causing flooding in areas that did not previously flood.

New York City Hazard Mitigation Plan Goes Digital

City of New York, New York - Hazard mitigation plans (HMPs) are often dense, technical documents that can be hundreds of pages. New York City was one of the first communities in the country to convert its plan content into a web-based, living document. New York City Emergency Management (NYCEM) led the effort to replace the 500-page printed mitigation plan with an interactive and visually appealing website that has user-friendly tabs to communicate risk and promote mitigation investments.

State Program Consultations - Strengthening FEMA-State Relationships Through Annual Meetings

WASHINGTON D.C. AND IOWA - State Program Consultations - Every year, FEMA and a state or territory work together to find ways to advance mitigation programs during an annual mitigation program consultation meeting. When successful, these touchpoints strengthen communication, relationships and mitigation outcomes. Below are how Washington, D.C. and the state of Iowa approached these meetings to better engage partners and attendees.

Partnerships and Collaboration Result in Action - Lower Platte South Natural Resources District, Nebraska

LOWER PLATTE SOUTH, NE - Hazard mitigation plans are often difficult for communities to actively implement because of financial constraints. Funding for mitigation projects can be difficult to secure, especially for expensive infrastructure which requires both design and construction. Working together on mitigation projects is a way communities can share and reduce project costs, though getting those connections in place is a challenge all its own.