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Expanding Feedback Opportunities Secures More Public Planning Input: City and County of Honolulu, Hawai‘i

The city and county of Honolulu, Hawai‘i, held public meetings during their 2019 hazard mitigation plan update. The city tapped into local and regional networks to share the messaging and boost public attendance. Informal community meetings were held to discuss the plan; a continental breakfast, bento box lunch and small group breakout sessions were offered. The plan update committee also refreshed its messaging methods

Montana: Mitigation Affordability, Climate Resiliency and Economic Vitality for a Small Community Confluence Project

Proposed communitywide mitigation solution that will counter the effects of climate change, protect nearly 1,000 structures from flooding, and yield multiple ancillary benefits.

New Jersey: Homeowners Suffer Repetitive Losses and Want to Eliminate Future Flood Loss By Selling Their Homes

Homeowners impacted by the stress, financial loss and loss of quality of life are willing to sell their homes and move away from the constant flooding in their community.

Kentucky: Rebuilding After Flood Loss

Reconstruction after flood loss help homeowners get back to their lives.

North Carolina: Leveraging Voluntary Single Property Acquisition to Promote Open Space Preservation

North Carolina’s annual heavy rains cause repetitive flooding to homes in Mecklenburg County. This is a Justice40 project.

Texas: Borley Heights Relief Community Flood Mitigation Project

Repetitive flooding events call for draining improvements to address water in area homes. This is a Justice40 project.

Texas: Elevating 27 Homes to Mitigate Flood Risk

The city of Houston works with homeowners to mitigate homes in accordance with applicable codes and standards to prevent and protect homes from future flood risk.

New York: Improving Flood Resiliency in a Housing Development from Coastal Flooding with Infrastructure Updates and Green Solutions

A highly vulnerable coastal community will gain improvements through improving a local seawall to reduce National Flood Insurance Program claims and protect this disadvantaged community with an adaptive flood protection system.

New Jersey: Whole Community Mitigation Using Elevation

Cranford Township, a community that voluntary participate in the Community Rating System (CRS), leverages their Union County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify structures to elevate which benefit the whole community.

Louisiana: Louisiana State University Lakes, McKinley Diversion and Corporation Canal Retrofit, Community Flood Mitigation Project

Improving the ecological health of Louisiana State University’s six lakes will improve water flows and decrease flooding.