The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) hosts the South Alabama Flood Engagement Team (SAFE-T) to collaborate with coastal communities on 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.
Floodplain managers in Alabama connect to tools and resources through the Digital Coast. NOAA’s SLR Viewer has been useful to some communities in understanding and assessing risk and exposure to community-level impacts from coastal flooding and sea level rise. Additionally, photo simulations are provided to illustrate how future flooding may impact local landmarks, as well as map data for water depth, connectivity, flooding frequency, socioeconomic vulnerability, and wetland loss and migration. The Coastal Community Resilience Index introduces 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 to help coastal managers and community leaders understand their community’s resilience to coastal hazards, identify and address weaknesses prior to the next hazard event, and guide public engagement and planning.