From Risk to Resiliency: Engaging the Public
In many communities across the country, flooding is a regular part of life. Whether rivers and creeks rise several times a year, or only every few decades, every at-risk community needs to know what it can do to reduce losses from flooding. This Focus on Floods initiative focuses on ways that residents, businesses and governments in the Delaware River Basin can work together to prepare, and then share news about how to get ready for flooding in smart, safe ways that respect the environment. Focus on Floods includes information and materials for emergency managers, classroom teachers and floodplain residents. It also features a new Social Science area for those interested in what social sciences can tell us about why people do - and don't - prepare for inevitable flooding. Take a tour of this site, and join us as we start a community conversation about the best ways to prepare for flooding -- because floods happen, but with proper planning, we can lessen the loss.
The Focus on Floods DVD-ROM is available to educators, floodplain professionals, emergency management officials and others who are looking to learn more - and help educate others about flooding. We also offer full-color posters, magnets and other read more
This six-chapter media piece, “Understanding Flood Risk in the Delaware River Basin" features interviews with experts who discuss the factors that affect flood risk, and the decision-making processes and technology that can reduce losses. Learn more about read more
Events & Outreach
News & Notices
Tue Sep 3rd, 2013
Gary Szatkowski, Chief Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Office at Mount Holly, NJ/Philadelphia, comments on how models still predict a more active hurricane season. Click here to see his interview.
Thu Jul 18th, 2013
In June 2013, Nurture Nature Center won a national media/outreach award from the National Association of Floodplain Managers for its "Rising Waters" Program for the Science on a Sphere exhibit, which provides a compelling new way for public audiences across the country to learn about the impact of a changing climate on flooding around the world. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) designed the SOS exhibit and has installed it in approximately 100 museums and institutions around the world. In 2012, NNC developed a feature-length SOS program called "Rising Waters," which describes how more people around the world are at risk of flooding due to a combination of development patterns and more extreme weather. Rising Waters provides a visually captivating look at the way that population and settlement patterns and climate change combine to create global flood risk in certain parts of the world. NNC hosted the show weekly on its SOS exhibit at its center in Easton, Pennsylvania, and also provided it as a group program for many local schools and non-profit organizations throughout the year. NNC has now shared this program with the entire network of SOS institutions, and has posted an abbreviated video version online on its flood education website, Focus on Floods. (See: http://focusonfloods.org/home/risingwaters). This version can be viewed by school and other groups in advance of a visit, and can be used as a teaching aid for any floodplain manager or other educator. In addition to creating the Rising Waters sphere program for international dissemination, NNC hosted a series of community dialogue forums about climate change and flooding, including a forum specifically for emergency managers and one for classroom teachers. These forums used the "Rising Waters" program as a launching point for discussion about how climate and flooding affect our local communities, and what steps can be taken to reduce losses. Hundreds of people participated in the weekly shows and discussion forums. NNC has been developing a model of community forums around flooding since 2009, and recently released a companion handbook, "From Risk to Resiliency: Better Communities through Science Learning About Local Environmental Risks" (see: http://nnc.uberflip.com/i/114789), which can be used by SOS or non-SOS sites interested in creating discussion forums about flooding or other local risk topics.
- Tue Sep 3rd, 2013
The Day of the Flood Trailer
A one-and-a-half minute trailer for the film “The Day of the Flood” previews this story of how one river valley community prepared for – and survived – a major riverine flood. Conceived by Nurture Nature Foundation and produced by MagikStudio of Easton, PA, the film demonstrates best practices for flood readiness, and highlights the use of National Weather Service flood forecast and warning tools. The full, ten-minute video is available here.