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Public Comment Period Open for National Flood Preparedness Guideline

Comment period is now closed.

NAPSG Foundation is pleased to open the public comment period for a new National Flood Preparedness Guideline. This guideline is designed to assist communities in addressing common challenges faced during the preparation for, response to, and recovery from flood disasters. The public comment period is open now through close of business on Friday, June 16, 2017.

During a series of regionally-focused workshops with first responders held in Baton Rouge (LA), Austin (TX), and Des Moines (IA), the public safety community documented and prioritized key information needs during flood disasters. In order to help the national community learn from these first responders, the national guideline details common challenges faced by public safety officials during floods, provides guidance for how to address these challenges, and offers direction for the development of GIS-based solutions to support the priority information needs of first responders.

How to Provide Feedback
The public comment period is now closed. The final guideline will be posted to the NAPSG Foundation resource section in the coming weeks.

This public comment period is an opportunity for public safety operators and GIS professionals nationwide to review the guideline and provide substantive input on the needs of public safety personnel during flood disasters.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. Thank you for taking the time to provide input and share your expertise. Your feedback will help ensure the national guideline is useful for the public safety community!

Additional Background
Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States and are only increasing in frequency, magnitude, and cost, as a result of continuously changing weather patterns and increased development. When a flood occurs, first responders and operators must make life and death decisions under considerable time constraints. A lack of reliable, timely, and accessible information often hinders the speed and effectiveness of these critical decisions, especially in locales with limited historical knowledge or experience with flooding.

To help communities better prepare for floods, the NAPSG Foundation hosted one-day workshops in Baton Rouge, LA, Austin, TX, and Des Moines, IA, to identify, document, and prioritize the critical decision points of the first responder community during flood disasters. Recent and differing flooding events in each of these regions provided opportunities to reflect on the critical information needs and key decisions for preparedness, response and recovery. Finally, participants prioritized the information needs and key decisions within each phase of the emergency to help others prepare for and anticipate the timing of these needs and decisions.

The national guideline reports on the information needs identified through the workshop process. It also shares resources that will help public safety personnel address their flood preparedness needs. The report is divided into two parts: the first part analyzes the central challenges identified across the three different workshops; while the second part details the specific information needs identified by participants and lists resources and methods that will help public safety personnel be prepared for and better respond to flood disasters.