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Flood Risk Management Program

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: to lead a collaborative, comprehensive and sustainable national flood risk management program to protect the public and reduce flood damages to our country.

Mission: to integrate and synchronize the ongoing, diverse flood risk management projects, programs and authorities of the Corps, both internally and with counterpart projects, programs and authorities of other Federal agencies, state and tribal organizations, and regional and local agencies.

The Corps seeks to accomplish the FRM Program’s vision and mission in partnership with all flood risk management stakeholders. We recognize the responsibility for managing flood risks in the United States is shared across the Federal, state, tribal and local levels of government; non-governmental organizations; and the private sector.

  • 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