Mitigation Matters Webinar: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Editor's Note: This page was updated Nov. 15 to reflect a change in speakers at the event. 

The frequency of devastating floods is on the rise in the U.S. Since 2000, floods have cost the country more than $845 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and infrastructure. The expense of adapting to more frequent and severe storms is projected to increase over the next several decades, emphasizing the need to act now to reduce the impacts of future floods.

In this webinar, The Pew Charitable Trusts will release Mitigation Matters, a collection of policy briefs that examine policies across the country and identify 13 states or cities that have adopted measures resulting in effective flood mitigation. An expert from Pew will join state and local officials and a former White House cabinet member to discuss how policies can be important catalysts for mitigation, making communities more resilient and saving future disaster costs.

Cities and states profiled are Arkansas; Brevard, North Carolina; Fort Collins, Colorado; Indiana; Iowa; Maryland; Milwaukee; Minnesota; Norfolk, Virginia; South Holland, Illinois; Vermont; Washington; and Wisconsin.

The event will feature:

  • Andria McClellan, City Council member of Norfolk, Virginia
  • Ken Brazil, engineer supervisor of the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission
  • James Lee Witt, former Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator
  • Laura Lightbody, project director, flood-prepared communities initiative, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Date: Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST
States, Cities Plan Ahead to Make Mitigation Matter in Advance of Floods