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Chuck Wolf, a water program manager in the Houston office who also teaches engineering at Texas A&M University , recently co-authored a research paper examining the promise smart cities with digital twin systems (SCDT) have for improving communities’ disaster management.

The article, “ Smart Cities with Digital Twin Systems for Disaster Management , ” was published in the ASCE Journal of Management in Engineering. ...

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May marks Flood Awareness Month in Oklahoma, and May 18-22 marks Flood Awareness Week in Texas. The Texas Floodplain Management Association worked with Gov. Greg Abbott for an official proclamation, which you can read in full here. Earlier this year, Georgia recognized Flood Safety Preparedness Week.

Whatever the month or week, it’s always crucial to know the power of water. While dangerous floods are possible throughout the year,...

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The Texas General Land Office Community Development and Revitalization (GLO-CDR) is hosting a survey to gather input from local officials, councils of government, and river authorities for its Disaster Recovery Planning Studies Survey for Mitigation Funding. The survey requests input on planning study topics for areas that received a presidential disaster declaration resulting from the 2015 Floods, the 2016 Floods or Hurricane Harvey.

The survey will compile a list...

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A total of $410 million is available through two of FEMA ’s Fiscal Year 2019 Hazard Mitigation Assistance programs.

The application period for Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) programs is now open until 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Jan. 31, 2020. Eligible applicants must apply through the FEMA Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal .

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As dam owners across the country have learned in dramatic fashion, disasters usually happen quickly though the conditions that cause them typically build up over time.

Whether your emergency results from a hurricane, a spillway collapse or vandalism, you as a dam owner/manager can be ready with a well-developed, up-to-date and practiced Emergency Action Plan.

Our guidance for knowing what to consider, how to prepare and how to respond recently was featured...

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Join Freese and Nichols in helping shape the future of flood mitigation funding.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking public input for the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) Section 1234: National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), will focus on reducing the nation’s risk by funding public infrastructure projects that increase a community’s resilience before a disaster affects an area.

The public...

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As this year’s hurricane season continues to challenge the Gulf and East coasts, officials will encounter multiple difficult decisions, including when or if to evacuate cities and towns before a storm to deploying resources during and afterward.

When Hurricane Florence threatened and then hit the Carolinas in September, Freese and Nichols had a team in place to help guide the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Flood Mitigation Program...

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