High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and partner Federal agencies as a community-based awareness initiative to remind residents of major local floods and encourage residents to prepare for the next one. Communities looking to participate in the Initiative, plan and execute a HWM Project.
The projects have two parts – one focused on building awareness around flood risk and the other on mitigation actions to build community reliance against future flooding.
Participating communities post high water mark signs in prominent places, hold a high profile Launch event to unveil the signs, conduct ongoing education to build local awareness of flood risk and, after the completing the Launch event, complete comprehensive mitigation action(s) as identified as part of the project. A variety of audiences such as local officials, emergency management personnel, community leaders as well as FEMA Regions, Federal, state, and local entities can learn more about the HWM Initiative in the sections below.
To learn more about the HWM Initiative, refer to the links below