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2010 Gilbert F. White Policy Forum: Flood Risk Management. March 9-10, 2010 George Washington University, Washington, DC Sam Riley Medlock, JD CFM. 2009-2010 Gilbert F. White Policy Series . Symposium 1: Defining and Measuring Flood Risk and Floodplain Resources

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2010 gilbert f white policy forum flood risk management

2010 Gilbert F. White Policy Forum: Flood Risk Management

March 9-10, 2010

George Washington University, Washington, DC

Sam Riley Medlock, JD CFM


2009 2010 gilbert f white policy series
2009-2010 Gilbert F. White Policy Series

  • Symposium 1: Defining and Measuring Flood Risk and Floodplain Resources

    • September 2009 in Gaithersburg, Maryland

  • Symposium 2: Risk Perception, Communication and Behavior

    • November 2009 in Washington, DC

  • Roundtable on Natural Resources & Functions of Floodplains

    • November 2009 in Washington, DC

  • Gilbert F. White Policy Forum: Flood Risk Management

    • March 9-10, 2010 in Washington, DC


Findings of symposium 1 defining and measuring flood risk and floodplain resources
Findings of Symposium 1: Defining and Measuring Flood Risk and Floodplain Resources

“Flood Risk”

  • Flood Risk ≠ Property Damage

    • Needs to embody broader societal and environmental concerns

  • Varying views & definitions of flood risk

    • Agencies have their own missions relating to flood risk

  • Common Understanding

    • Desirable, but challenging


Findings of symposium 1 defining and measuring flood risk and floodplain resources1
Findings of Symposium 1: Defining and Measuring Flood Risk and Floodplain Resources

  • Common Desired Outcomes

    • Resilience

    • Fair & just apportionment of costs

  • Desirable Outcomes should cover:

    • Life safety

    • Economic damage

    • Societal impacts

    • Resilience & Recovery

    • Ecological health

    • Human awareness, behavior & responsibility


Roundtable on natural resources functions of floodplains
Roundtable on Natural Resources & Functions of Floodplains and Floodplain Resources

  • Origins in the “Kitchen Cabinet”

  • Establishment of an alliance among NGOs and local, state & federal leaders

  • Policy opportunities to raise awareness and enhance resource protection & restoration


Road to symposium 2 flood risk perception communication behavior
Road to Symposium 2: Flood Risk Perception, Communication & Behavior

  • Flood Risk can be presented as a suite of indicators, some of which can be numerical

  • Keys: Accuracy, Consistency, Completeness

  • Risks + Resources

Right???


Findings of symposium 2 flood risk perception communication behavior
Findings of Symposium 2: Flood Risk Perception, Communication & Behavior

Research Findings from Dr. Dennis Mileti

  • Risk information has little or no effect on human choices or behaviors

  • More likely to respond to frequent, clear & concise messages about specific actions


Findings of symposium 2 flood risk perception communication behavior1
Findings of Symposium 2: Flood Risk Perception, Communication & Behavior

  • Considerations

    • Messages we have been sending

    • Behaviors to foster

    • Challenges with terminology

    • Branding Flood Risk Management

Do we need a hero?

A mascot??


2010 forum flood risk management
2010 Forum: Flood Risk Management Communication & Behavior

  • Comprehensive approach

    • Engineering

    • Policy

    • Societal

    • Ecological

  • Shared responsibility

    • All sectors, disciplines & levels of government

    • Minimize harm, maximize benefits


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