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 • 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 “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 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 • 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 • 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 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 & 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 • Comprehensive approach • Engineering • Policy • Societal • Ecological • Shared responsibility • All sectors, disciplines & levels of government • Minimize harm, maximize benefits