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.
When tropical storms hit coastal communities, Sea Grant programs help with response, recovery and rebuilding efforts. Below are selected stories of Sea Grant’s work during past storm events.
General Hurricane Resources
Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season was among the top seven most intense ever recorded. Sea Grant programs across the Southeast, Gulf, and Caribbean worked with local communities to help respond, recover and rebuild from these historic storms.
Georgia Sea Grant: Georgia Sea Grant assists in recovery and response to Hurricane Irma
Texas Sea Grant:
Texas Shores Spring 2018 – Hurricane Harvey
Texas Sea Grant Study Shows True Destruction of Hurricane Harvey
Community fishing project for kids back on after Hurricane Harvey
Homeowner’s Handbook available to help Texans prepare for next storm
Sea Grant agent, business team to rescue vessels that were damaged by Harvey
In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew caused over $10 billion in damage to the Southeast coast, with historic levels of river flooding in eastern North Carolina. Following the storm, Sea Grant programs led local efforts to learn how people make decisions and receive information as well as efforts to assist with recovery and planning.
South Carolina Sea Grant: Communities Under Water: Lessons Learned from Extreme Floods
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.
Connecticut Sea Grant: Sea Grant Coastal Storms Awareness Program findings summary (PDF)
New Jersey Sea Grant: Coastal Storm Awareness Program homepage
New York Sea Grant: Superstorm Sandy News and Media Archives
Over a decade after the devastating storm, Sea Grant programs in the Gulf and Southeast are continuing to track impacts and share lessons learned to prepare residents for and mitigate impacts of future storms.
Louisiana Sea Grant: Katrina Response, Recovery, and Rebuilding Archives
Mississippi recreational and commercial fishing sectors: A decade after Hurricane Katrina
On the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, high water markers installed to promote storm surge awareness
North Carolina: Lessons from Katrina