The United States must invest in making communities more flood resilient by restoring natural floodplains and reducing the risks of loss of life and property in floods. The federal government must develop accurate and precise information on current and future flood risk and use risk-based flood standards to help communities decide how and where to grow and rebuild after disasters.
Reform federal flood risk standards to reflect the most recent projections of sea level rise and extreme rain events to ensure that federal investments support flood-ready communities and infrastructure, while reducing the risks and costs of future flood disasters.
Strengthen the National Flood Insurance Program by enhancing mapping of current and future flood risk, reducing uninsured loss, addressing insurance affordability, incentivizing preservation of flood-prone open space, ensuring that analyses reflect extreme rain events that overwhelm urban drainage systems, providing community-wide flood insurance, and improving flood risk disclosures for property transactions.
Enhance dam and levee safety standards and programs that provide technical assistance and funding to state, local, tribal, and territorial governments to incorporate future flood risk, restore and integrate natural features, and reduce the risks of catastrophic system failures.
Help communities restore and protect naturally functioning coastal and riparian ecosystems that can filter and store floodwaters, reducing both flood risk and pollution.
Prevent toxic releases in storms by strengthening regulatory requirements for industrial facilities.