North Carolina

After Hurricane Matthew, state leaders directed funds to areas that saw extensive destruction and established the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency. This office administers Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery funds and runs programs to build local capacity for resilience. Renewed state-level leadership in the legislature and Governor’s office, like the $20 million Flood […]


Iowa uses advanced risk assessment practices and holistic community engagement, led by the Iowa Flood Center. The Flood Center monitors riverine flooding across the state and provides flood alerts and forecasts to communities. In concert, the Iowa Flood Mitigation Board funds localities that submit proposals for flood mitigation projects. Highlights The Iowa Flood Center identified […]


Historically, Florida’s flood planning has been decentralized, mostly happening through water management districts. By learning from proactive actors, like the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), state leaders are now creating a statewide vision, developing a central source of data, and assisting communities that need greater support. Highlights Using historical and climate-adjusted data, SFWMD developed […]


Colorado’s stand-alone flood mitigation plan works alongside the Enhanced State Hazard Mitigation Plan and Colorado Resiliency Framework to address flooding in the state; however, municipalities lead most local flood planning and control key mitigation tools, which shapes how the state can carry out flood resilience policies and programs. Highlights Colorado can be a model for […]