Flooding in a coastal town after Superstorm Sandy. Photo credit: New Jersey Sea Grant
Many communities do not consider their vulnerability to coastal hazards like flooding and hurricanes until they occur. Failing to take adequate steps to prepare for such events can significantly impact communities and businesses and cause economic hardship for residents and business owners.
In 2016, Texas Sea Grant facilitated a team of 12 community leaders in conducting a third Coastal Resilience Index (CRI) in the community to help Aransas County gauge their progress toward becoming more resilient to coastal hazards. Aransas County’s CRI score improved over its previous self-assessments using the tool, suggesting that the community has increased its ability to cope with, recover from, and regain operation after a disaster. The assessment also helped to direct future actions and secure a grant to join the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System.