FEMA is seeking ways to engage communities about risk awareness and to build hazard mitigation into local plans and policies. CHARM is helping these communities have that conversation. Since 2015, CHARM workshops have been held in twenty counties, attracting over 760 stakeholders representing dozens of communities, agencies, and organizations. More Texas counties are on deck for Resiliency Workshops in 2019. (more info)
CHARM Discovery workshops (LAN/HCFCD)
In November, 2018 a flood risk mapping workshop was held in Harris and Chambers counties, co-hosted by LAN Engineering and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD). CHARM was utilized as a platform for community stakeholders to identify and record where flooding has been observed in the past. This information from watershed stakeholders will then be used by engineers in a multiyear project to update local flood insurance rate maps.The mapping exercise focused on three watersheds- Cedar Bayou, Jackson Bayou, and Luce Bayou.
Community Resilience Index (CRI) with CHARM Pilot
In late 2018, a pilot CRI-CHARM workshop was held in Santa Rosa, FL in partnership with FL and LA Sea Grant programs. A standalone CRI workshop includes working with community leaders to examine how prepared they are for storms and storm recovery. By adding CHARM to the assessment, the community was able to identify weaknesses in their plans and community facilities. Due to the success of the pilot workshop, CRI-CHARM workshops could be coming in the near future.
No Adverse Impact
ASFPM is working to help communities and professionals improve development practices through the framework of No Adverse Impact. As part of a day-long continuing education workshop ASFPM and TCWP have been working in partnership to bring a joint NAI-CHARM workshop to communities, including Biloxi, Mississippi in 2017 and New Smyrna Beach and St. Augustine, Florida in 2018. CHARM data was used to spin up new table-top scenario exercise specifically for these communities, providing a highly detailed, localized scenarios. Local stakeholders collaborated to think about growth, hazards, and community needs while utilizing FEMA’s Risk Map data and other local data sets. (more info)
Summer 2019, Citizen Planner will be hosting planning courses for local officials and focusing on hazards reduction. The training will utilize the CHARM platform as an interactive exercise for Citizen Planners to put their knowledge to use. This builds upon the success of the 2013 and 2017 Citizen Planner programs, a planning education program geared to local officials and staff about planning practices. Also this summer, the program will unveil an online virtual Citizen Planner program.(view website)
Highland Bayou Watershed Protection Plan
The Galveston Bay Estuary Program in partnership with the Texas Community Watershed Partners utilized CHARM in a watershed protection plan to estimate non-point source (NPS) loading in the Highland Bayou Watershed in Galveston County. The grid’s baseline data along with assumptions for pollution loading rates and other values allowed the project team to quickly update NPS loading in the watershed. (more info)