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Flood Risk Management

About the Program

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established the Flood Risk Management Program in May of 2006 for two primary purposes:

  • To work across the agency to focus the policies, programs and expertise of the Corps toward reducing overall flood risk, including reducing the risk of loss of life, reducing long-term economic damages to the public and private sector, and improving the natural environment.
  • To convene and facilitate dialogue at all levels of government and with other key interests (e.g., national organizations and the private sector) to develop a national vision for flood risk management.

Vision: a United States whose economy, society, and natural landscapes are well-positioned to withstand, recover from, and adapt to ever-changing flood risks.
Mission: to increase capabilities across all aspects of USACE to improve decisions made internally and externally that affect the Nation's flood risk.
  • Program Proponent (Director of Contingency Operations and Office of Homeland Security)
  • Program Director (Deputy Chief, Office of Homeland Security)

The Flood Risk Management Program is housed within the Corps Civil Works mission.

  • Organizational Chart html | pdf (246 KB)
  • Manage information about 79,000 dams in the U.S. in the National Inventory of Dams in order to identify and communicate risks.
  • Manage and communicate risks associated with approximately 14,000 miles of levees within the USACE portfolio.
  • Provide states, counties, and cities with floodplain information and technical assistance needed to plan for prudent use of flood-prone lands.
  • With local non-Federal sponsors, plan and construct projects authorized to address flood risk in a community or watershed.
  • Promote development and use of nonstructural flood risk reduction measures.
  • Flood fighting support for communities at a Governor’s request, including providing technical engineering advice, sandbags and pumps, as well as building emergency levees or dikes.
  • Respond after flood disasters to support immediate emergency response priorities, sustain lives, and begin recovery efforts by assessing and restoring critical infrastructure.
  • Assess potential climate change impacts, including impacts to flood and coastal storm infrastructure, and consider adaptation measures.
  • Partner with states, in collaboration with other Federal and/or tribal and local agencies, to leverage available resources to address state priorities and reduce flood risk.
  • Coordinate and align flood risk management efforts among Federal agencies through participation in the Federal Interagency Floodplain Management Task Force (FIFM-TF).
Flood Risk Management Program