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Flood-Prepared Communities

Floods and hurricanes can threaten human lives and cause significant economic and physical damage to communities, including homes, businesses, and infrastructure. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. accounted for more than $845 billion in losses, making it the costliest disaster threat in the nation.

Pew aims to reduce these impacts through policies that will modernize federal flood insurance, mitigate disasters, prioritize investments in flood-ready infrastructure, and promote nature-based solutions.

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Mitigation Matters: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Since 2000, floods have cost the United States more than $845 billion in damage to homes, businesses, and critical infrastructure. The expense of adapting to more frequent and severe storms is projected to rise over the next several decades, placing a premium on the need to take action now to reduce the impacts of future floods.

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How Cities and States Are Paying to Reduce Flood Risk

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How Cities and States Are Paying to Reduce Flood Risk

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization, will co-host a briefing at LMHQ in New York City on the innovative ways cities and states are securing funding to pay for risk reduction.

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Mitigation Matters Webinar: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Mitigation Matters Webinar: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

In this webinar, The Pew Charitable Trusts detailed its new report, Mitigation Matters, released Nov. 19, which examines policies across the country and identifies 13 states or cities that have adopted measures resulting in effective flood mitigation.

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Business Owners Share Flood Stories in Call for Stronger National Standards

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Small businesses are central to the country’s economy, providing goods and services while creating jobs and encouraging community growth. Small businesses also often find themselves at the forefront of the impacts of extreme weather events, including flooding.

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Lack of Flood Risk Disclosure Law Leaves Homebuyers at Risk

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Based on data from recent years, analysts expect existing home sales to top 2 million for June through September of this year. Unfortunately, many of those buyers will move into their new home without a critical piece of information: the property’s flood history.

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