September was Massachusetts Flood Awareness Month

Flooding can happen at any time. Planning is already underway for Flood Awareness 2021. Where it can rain, it can flood. Stay aware, and stay safe.

Flood Awareness Month by proclamation of Governor Charlie Baker

While Flood Awareness Month 2020 may be over, flooding continues.  The events below will remain posted through 2021.  Plans are already under way to present new material for a flood awareness event in 2021.  Stay tuned!

Available September 14th to 30thPre-Recorded
NFIP Marketing

Flood Insurance: Discussion with the NFIP

Butch Kinerney, Chief of Marketing & Outreach for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) talks all about the critical importance of flood insurance.  Additionally Butch discusses how flood insurance responds to storms, how it helps communities recover, where to buy it and ends by debunking some common flood insurance myths.

How to watch

Available September 14th to 30thPre-Recorded
State NFIP Coordinator

Finding Your Flood Risk Information

Joy Duperault, State NFIP Coordinator & Deputy Hazard Mitigation Officer discusses ways to find and assess your flood risk.  With a plethora of flood data from federal and private sources, it can be difficult to truly gauge your flood risk.  Joy helps guide us to resources for us to make educated decisions, and make sense of the various resources available to business and homeowners when purchasing, or making future decisions.

How to watch

Sep 18, 2020 10:00 AMPre-Recorded
Massachusetts Coastal Coalition

Flood Risk Friday: Increasing Bandwidth with Mitigation Assistance

Right now, communities and individuals rightfully have their focus on addressing the financial and health strains of COVID-19. However, floods don’t socially distance. As a community, we need to continue to focus and work on mitigating our vulnerable structures.  Join the MCC as we host Brian Baer from the Elevated Studio and Nick Burk from Blue Ocean Analytics.  We talk with you about mitigation programs such as the Hazard Elimination and Loss Prevention Program.   We will cover how it can increase your bandwidth in addressing the mitigation strategy in your community

How to watch

Sep 18th, 11:30am and 6:30pmPre-Recorded

Resilient Nantucket

Protecting your family, home or business from damage caused by flooding is essential. Resources available from the Town of Nantucket and its state and federal partners can help you with that task as a property or business owner. Understanding the unique needs of adapting properties in a National Historic Landmark community takes people with specialized knowledge. The Town of Nantucket is pleased to have such expertise available for our community members through an Action Grant obtained from the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program. On September 18th at 11:30 am and again at 6:00 pm, you can meet these adaptation professionals and learn how to better prepare your historic property for a future of rising seas. The Town of Nantucket will host two online community forums for property owners, business owners, residents, real estate, insurance, Town staff and design professionals interested in learning more about programs available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of Massachusetts and the private sector in support of disaster preparedness, adaptation planning and community resilience.

How to watch

Available NowPre-Recorded

MEMA BRIC Grant Webinar

Launched in early August 2020, the new FEMA mitigation BRIC (Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities) grant program will support states, local communities, tribes and territories, as they undertake hazard mitigation projects reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards. BRIC is a new FEMA pre-disaster hazard mitigation program that replaces the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program and is a result of amendments made to Section 203 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Stafford Act) by Section 1234 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA). The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency. MEMA reviews how applicants can apply in the State of Massachusetts

How to watch

Available NowPre-Recorded

MEMA FMA Grant Webinar

The goal of the FMA (Flood Mitigation Assistance) grant program is to employ cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Federal funding for this nationally-competitive grant program is generally an annual allocation (subject to Congressional appropriation).  Grants from FMA help elevate and acquire repeatedly flooded structures.

How to watch

Oct 22, 2020 12-3pmHappening Live

MassFM Annual Meeting

All are invited to this year’s Annual Meeting, which will be held online on October 22, 2020 from 12 pm to 3 pm. The event will include:
-A training by the Georgetown Climate Center on several climate change tools -A Keynote Panel, moderated by Bob Seay of GBH News, exploring the unique flood management challenges, solutions, and policy frameworks in each region across Massachusetts -The formal Annual Meeting, which will cover accomplishments of the past year, establishment of new policies or bylaw amendments, and election of a new board.  -An opportunity for virtual networking. Tickets are free for members, and $50 for non-members. Members will be receiving an email with their Member ID shortly. Register at www.massfm.org/upcomingevents. Email massfloodplain@gmail.com with questions

Why is Massachusetts having Flood Awareness Month?

Our kickoff press conference with special guests, and announcements of events

Helpful Links

Click on the links below to helpful resources about flooding.

Helpful Resources

Click on the links below to download helpful resources to keep you aware of flooding.

Partner Organizations

Thank you to those promoting, hosting events, and being a part of Flood Awareness Month 2020 in Massachusetts.

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