After a hot, dry summer, Washington communities were beset with a series of wildfires. Now Western Washington prepares for rain and catastrophic flooding. Along the coast, sea level continues to rise despite tectonic uplift while erosion changes the shoreline.
In recent years, NOAA has been hearing from coastal communities about their interest in being better prepared for coastal hazard impacts. We’re also noticing a growing recognition of the role that natural infrastructure (such as preserved open space) can play in helping to reduce risk to residents, businesses, and infrastructure. What communities might not know, is they can also take advantage of FEMA programs that provide insurance incentives and support adaptation planning and flood mitigation.