What have you done to improve your resilience to coastal flooding? We want to hear!
Recovering from a major coastal flood is a daunting process. It can be challenging to handle the financial and emotional strain, while also making decisions about what steps to take to be safer during future floods. This is where communities can help one another: by creating networks of information sharing and support.
Prepare, Then Share is designed to be a source for neighbors to learn about coastal flooding, including tools for understanding your risk as well as resources for action steps you can take to be better prepared. The site is also designed to encourage neighbors and communities to connect and share their experiences with one another, so they can learn from each other about what has worked to improve flood preparedness.
Coastal New Jersey communities affected by flooding are working hard to take steps to fare better during future floods. This is the place to tell those stories of recovery. On this site, communities and residents can share stories and images of coastal flooding, and read the stories of others who have experienced coastal floods. The important part of this story-telling website is to encourage residents and communities to focus on the steps they have taken, and will take, to reduce future flood losses. This site is about taking action.
Nurture Nature Center, located in the flood-prone city of Easton, Pennsylvania, is a non-profit organization with a focus on flood education, outreach and research. This project is a resource of NNC’s Focus on Floods initiative, which began in 2010 to educate about flooding and the use of flood warning tools.
HOW TO USE THIS WEBSITE:
1. First, visit the Prepare page to find extensive links and resources to help you understand and prepare for your flood risk. These resources include online tools and apps designed to help you identify your property’s specific risk, and resources for helping you take steps to reduce future flood losses.
2. If you have taken some action steps to get ready, next visit the Share page, to share your own personal flood story and images. Your name and contact information are confidential and you do not need to share your real name publicly in order to tell your story. You do not have to share a story in order to use this site, or to view other people’s stories.
You can upload photos of your experience, too. In addition to the photos showing your damage, share photos of what went right, and of your recovery experience. You can help your community become more resilient by showing how to be safer and more prepared for the next flood!
3. To learn from others who have experienced coastal flooding, read the stories on the Be Aware page. There, you can read stories and see photos from residents and communities who have experienced coastal flooding. On this page, you can search by zip code and category to find out what preparedness and recovery steps your neighbors are taking. The Be Aware page is a story-telling center focusing on stories of action and preparedness. This is the place where your community can look to see how households are responding in order to make safer, more resilient neighborhoods.
That’s it! When you are done sharing your story, make sure to tell others about the site. The idea is to connect neighbors and communities, and to get others thinking about what steps they can take to be more prepared for coastal flooding.