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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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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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Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Reduce Flood Damage and Costs, Officials Say

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Public-Private Partnerships Can Help Reduce Flood Damage and Costs, Officials Say

When flooding strikes, it is common for the local, state, and federal governments, along with private partners, to step in and help communities recover.

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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.

Our Work

It's Time to Make U.S. Infrastructure Flood-Ready 
After the Storm: Charleston’s Blueprint for Risk Reduction After Hurricane Hugo