Flooding is the costliest and most common natural disaster in the United States, claiming lives, inflicting financial losses on households and businesses, and straining the government agencies that provide flood response and relief. Pew’s flood-prepared communities project aims to reduce the effects of weather-related catastrophes on the U.S. economy and environment by better preparing communities through reform of federal policy in four areas: national flood insurance, disaster mitigation, resilient infrastructure, and nature-based solutions.
Specifically, Pew is building support for:
- Reform of the National Flood Insurance Program to communicate actual risk, break the cycle of repeated loss and rebuilding in flood-prone areas, and provide incentives to encourage communities and homeowners to prepare for floods.
- Investment in hazard planning and mitigation efforts to help communities prepare for and avoid the worst effects of extreme weather and to stem the rising costs of flood disasters.
- Infrastructure policies that reduce unsustainable development in high-risk areas by taking current and future flood risk into account to better shield homes and buildings.
- Increased use of and investment in nature-based solutions in flood planning and preparedness programs, such as living shorelines and natural infrastructure.