FEMA High Water Initiative

Investigator(s): Vincent Brown, Carol Franze
Research Dates: 2018 - 2020
Affiliate Organization(s): Louisiana State University • Louisiana Sea Grant
stakeholder(s): Louisiana • St. Tammany Parish

As part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the High Water Mark (HWM) Initiative is a community-based awareness program that increases local communities’ awareness of flood risk and encourages action to mitigate that risk. As part of the project, communities post HWM signs in prominent places, hold a high-profile launch event to unveil the signs, conduct ongoing education to build local awareness of flood risk, and complete mitigation actions to build community resilience against future flooding. A variety of audiences, such as local officials, emergency management personnel, community leaders, as well as FEMA Regions, Federal, State, and local entities can learn more about the HWM Initiative in the sections below.

SCIPP worked with Louisiana Sea Grant on making High Water Mark signs for public view, along with presentations and pamphlets, in Louisiana.

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