The ADCNR recently established the South Alabama Flood Engagement Team (SAFE-T) to collaborate with different communities on general floodplain management issues. SAFE-T’s mission is to create a network of flood management practitioners in southern Alabama in order to share resources and increase capacity for public outreach, data information sharing, and response across local communities.
Several floodplain managers in Alabama are connected to tools and resources through Digital Coast. NOAA’s SLR Viewer has been useful to some communities in understanding and assessing risk and exposure to sea level rise. The NOAA SLR Viewer mapping tool helps users visualize community-level impacts from coastal flooding or sea level rise. Additionally, photo simulations are provided to illustrate how future flooding may impact local landmarks. Data and mapping on water depth, connectivity, flooding frequency, socioeconomic vulnerability, and wetland loss and migration are provided as well. Floodplain managers are also using the Coastal Community Resilience Index to introduce communities to the potential effects of flooding. The Coastal Community Resilience Index is a self-assessment tool developed by the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium and NOAA’s Coastal Storms Program. Its purpose is to encourage coastal managers and community leaders to perform a self-assessment of their community’s resilience to coastal hazards, identify and address weaknesses prior to the next hazard event, and guide community discussion.