Sources for Outreach Materials

Following is a list of some agencies, organizations, and programs that provide information on flooding, erosion, and other coastal hazards. Much of it is written for a general audience and can be used to help municipal officials, residents, and visitors better understand their risks.

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s Coastal Storms page has information on a number of topics that may be of interest to your citizens (and links to even more).

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA has many materials designed to help prepare the general public for hazard events. Though some pages may be dated or less applicable for Mississippi residents, it is a good starting point for seeking general hazard information.

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)

ASFPM is an organization of professionals involved in floodplain management, flood hazard mitigation, the National Flood Insurance Program, and flood preparedness, warning, and recovery. ASFPM has become a respected voice in floodplain management practice and policy in the United States because it represents the flood hazard specialists of local, state, and federal government; the research community; the insurance industry; and the fields of engineering, hydrologic forecasting, emergency response, water resources, and others. Their expansive Coastal No Adverse Impact Handbook contains a great deal of useful information. Find it, and many other materials covering political, legal, and technical challenges of floodplain management on the ASFPM website.

Grand Bay Coastal Training Program (CTP)

CTP provides support, training, and information to communities so they can better manage the coastal resources so vital to their economies and way of life. The program gives decision makers information, tools, and skills to improve decisions that affect the health of the state’s coastal areas. See the Grand Bay CTP website for details.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes – FLASH, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting disaster safety and property loss mitigation. Their extensive site covers much more than coastal weather and climate hazards, but does include relevant sections on floods, hurricanes, and tsunamis.

Institute for Business Home Safety

The Institute for Business Home Safety is an organization of insurers working to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other property losses by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance, and preparation practices. Their website has a number of useful outreach resources.

  • The Fortified for Safer Living program provides specific information on ways that builders and contractors can build safer buildings and improve their market position.
  • Their Business Continuity Planning program aims to help businesses plan and prepare for natural disasters.

Other Organizations with Outreach and Education Resources

Many other government and non-government organizations have educational material on floodplains and coastal hazards, including:

Selected Outreach Materials from Other Organizations

* Your community needs only 500 points to qualify for reduced flood insurance premiums through the Community Rating System (CRS). For more information (including how to apply for the CRS program), see our Community Rating System (CRS) primer.

Notes from the folks at CRS:

“Several agencies, organizations, and programs provide information on flooding, erosion, and other coastal hazards. Communities that make this information available to the general public through the local library can receive credit under Activity 350, Flood Protection Information.”