National Dam Safety Awareness Day

May 31 is National Dam Safety Awareness Day, an event that commemorates the tragic failure of the South Fork Dam in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. On May 31, 1889, the worst dam failure in the history of the United States occurred and resulted in the loss of more than 2,200 lives and left thousands homeless. Most recently... Continue Reading →

Where’s the Money ???

MITIGATION RESOURCE GUIDE Federal funding, technical assistance, and other resources to support hazard mitigation DOWNLOAD PUBLICATION PURPOSE OF THE GUIDEAccording to the National Institute of Building Sciences 2019 Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves report, every federal grant dollar invested in mitigation results in $6 saved, on average, during disaster recovery. However, finding those initial dollars to... Continue Reading →

Hawaii Floodplain Management 2021 Virtual Training

These workshops are open to all Hawaii citizens, and will discuss floodplain management principles, the NFIP, and State standards. This training will be useful to community officials, as well as design professionals such as architects, engineers, and surveyors. Take advantage of this FREE training opportunity made possible by FEMA Region 9 in partnership with Hawaii DLNR.

Tsunami Awareness Month Hawaii

A tsunami can happen at any time and with limited warning. It may put you in immediate danger and cut you off from family and friends. It can happen so fast that you won’t have the time to seek out information. Understanding tsunamis and your role in case of emergency is critical to your safety.

STATE CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION AND ADAPTATION COMMISSION ENDORSES TOOLS FOR SEA LEVEL RISE PLANNING

At its October meeting, the Hawai’i Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission (Climate Commission) endorsed two recently completed documents that operationalize the recommendations of the state’s Sea Level Rise Vulnerability and Adaptation Report (2017). These guidance documents, produced in support of the Commission’s Climate Ready Hawaiʻi Initiative, help state and county planners and government officials... Continue Reading →

New Topographic Data for Hawaii

Data on ground elevations are the most important input for flood maps and this hazard mapping is the foundation for floodplain management and flood insurance rating.  Light Detection and Ranging (Lidar) is a remote sensing method used to examine the surface of the Earth.  The United States Geological Survey's (USGS) 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) announced... Continue Reading →

Flood After Fire

Wildfires leave the ground unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flooding. Burned vegetation and charred soil form a water-repellent layer blocking water absorption for years.

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