Scaling Up Local Experience to Achieve National Resilience


Emmie Mediate, Chief of Staff, National Flood Coalition,





 Local communities are on the frontlines of flooding, where they learn firsthand about best practices, cutting-edge topics, and common challenges. Yet too often, state and national conversations on adaptation are not grounded in local perspectives. AFC’s member engagement, including deep pilot projects and scalable member resources, bridges local experiences with the national conversation. In this session, AFC team members will discuss their deep pilot projects in Charleston, SC; Sunny Isles Beach, FL; and Surfside, FL as well as two educational resources for communities: a Dual Disaster Handbook for local leaders responding to flooding during COVID-19 and a guide to federal funding opportunities for small cities.