Bradley Dean, Coastal Scientist, Michael Baker International
Communicating about flood risk and hazard mitigation is challenging and requires storytelling. Our brains are wired to discount facts and the future. During this session, Coastal Scientist Bradley Dean CFM, CE, will explore three use cases for story maps focusing on best practices for communicating flood risk and mitigation initiatives:
• Annapolis, Maryland needed a platform where residents and stakeholders could visualize and interpret the city’s flood mitigation efforts.
• FEMA’s Cooperating Technical Partners’ Recognition Program wanted to showcase award recipients, San Antonio River Authority and Illinois State Water Survey, for their outstanding efforts in a unique way.
• FEMA’s Risk MAP Program needed to increase awareness of non-regulatory flood risk products and their associated benefits for a broader audience.
The solution was to develop story maps which utilize maps, narrative text, and multimedia content to increase accessibility and engage their target audiences. The applications are designed to be attractive and usable by anyone, which makes them great for education and outreach, either to the general public or to a specific audience.
Story maps are an excellent resource to increase local awareness of current and future flood risk and interpret, prioritize, integrate, and implement solutions that reduce risk to enhance community resilience.