Problem

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources was the only Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) in Indiana. CTP projects are essential for governmental policy and flood mitigation and allow close work with local, state, and federal policymakers.  There was significant need for another Indiana CTP to pool resources.

Solution

The Polis Center qualified for CTP and works closely with multiple partners in Indiana and beyond on projects that address best practices to mitigate the social and economic impacts of flood, earthquake and tsunami hazards and offer expert resources available to support the mitigation process.

Mitigating the social and economic impacts of flood, earthquake and tsunami hazards

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created the innovative CTP program to address the substantial challenge of keeping flood hazard maps current for over 20,000 communities that are in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The partnership provides the opportunity to pool resources and extend the productivity of limited public funds while facilitating more efficient floodplain management. It also enables customized approaches to flood hazard identification where unique conditions exist. CTP projects are essential for governmental policy and flood mitigation and allow close work with local, state, and federal policymakers.

Examples of CTP projects:

  • The Polis Center collaborates with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) to understand and mitigate the risk of flooding and develop required mitigation plans in a number of Indiana counties. Polis has received federal grants through the CTP program every year since 2017 and has worked on Risk MAP projects since 2010. These awards support the IDNR effort to update flood maps for Indiana counties in the Lower East Fork White River watershed and update countywide flood maps in the Upper Wabash, Lower Wabash, Middle Wabash-Busseron, Sugar Creek, and Lower East Fork White River watersheds. These projects continue through Sept. 2022. Our goal, pending FEMA funding, is to conduct the Discovery process for the entire state in the next five years. The CTP also laid the groundwork for researching the potential of using Indiana’s LiDAR data to create a data set of building outlines which can be used to better understand the risk of natural disasters.
  • In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin Space Science and Engineering Center, the Polis Center developed and piloted a series of four workshops in 2020-21 for FEMA Region X. The workshops were funded through the FEMA Cooperating Technical Partner program. Workshop participants developed capacity to leverage a variety of geospatial tools, methods and best practices to mitigate the social and economic impacts of flood, earthquake and tsunami hazards in the FEMA Region X states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.  The workshops were customized to address the hazards specific to the region as well as the data and expert resources available to support the mitigation process.

To learn more, contact Marianne Cardwell.