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Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Sea Grant shares lessons learned from coastal storms to help communities

Did you know? September is National Preparedness month. #PlanAhead

Sea Grant works with coastal communities across the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam to improve community resilience to coastal storms. Specifically, Sea Grant engages in vulnerability assessments, resilience planning, and social science initiatives to learn from previous storms and better prepare for future storms. Sea Grant develops and shares preparation and recovery resources for communities and individuals. All of these projects are part of a strategic focus area to ensure resilient communities and economies across the Sea Grant network. Some of the resources Sea Grant has developed are listed below. 


General Hurricane Resources

Texas Sea Grant: Hurricane resources

Florida Sea Grant: Hurricane resources

Louisiana Sea Grant: Hurricane resources

Puerto Rico Sea Grant: Hurricane and hazards work

Are you covered by flood insurance? Find out (Florida Sea Grant)


Hurricane Matthew: Following Hurricane Matthew, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina Sea Grant programs each led local efforts to learn how people make decisions and receive information as well as efforts to assist with recovery and planning.

Georgia Sea Grant: Conversations with Communities

Georgia Sea Grant: Flooding, visualizing complex impacts

Georgia Sea Grant: Infographic on lessons learned

North Carolina Sea Grant: Identifying innovative recovery strategies


Hurricane Sandy: Connecticut, New Jersey and New York Sea Grant Sea Grant programs coordinated 10 social science research projects to understand how people receive information before, during and after a storm as well as the factors that go into their decisions to evacuate or prepare in place. The initiative, called the Coastal Storm Awareness Program, had several key findings that are now being shared with emergency management officials across the country by Sea Grant extension specialists.

Project home page (New Jersey Sea Grant)

Summary of key findings (Connecticut Sea Grant)

Video summary of the project and findings (New York Sea Grant)


Hurricane Katrina: Twelve years after the devastating storm, Louisiana and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant programs are tracking impacts and sharing lessons learned to prepare residents for and lesson impacts of future storms in the area.

Louisiana Sea Grant: After the Storms: ResponseRecoveryRebuilding

North Carolina Sea Grant shares lessons learned from Katrina 

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant: High water markers installedi to provide awareness about storm surge

Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant: Mississippi fishing sectors: A decade after Hurricane Katrina 

Florida Sea Grant: Hazards and Resilience team


National resources for hurricane information: National Hurricane Center, Federal Emergency Management Administration


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