Webinar: Mitigation Matters Webinar: Policy Solutions to Reduce Local Flood Risk

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Date(s) - 11/19/2019
11:00 am PST - 12:00 pm PST


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 detail 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. Pew will join state and local officials and a former White House cabinet member 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:

  • Roy D. Buol, mayor of Dubuque, Iowa
  • 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


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