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Bridging the Equity Gap: Flood Resilience for the Whole Community

What happens when environmental justice, social vulnerability, and flooding intersect? Who is affected differently and why? What barriers or external factors contribute to the vulnerability of certain groups? Most importantly, what actions can the flood risk management community take to advance equity and resilience for all?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Flood Risk Management Program team and the San Francisco District bring you this webinar series featuring panelists who speak to the challenges facing frontline communities. Through the lively and interactive discussions, audiences will be empowered with meaningful actions and tools for building social equity and resilience across the nation.

The monthly webinars are recorded and available for viewing. More information about each webinar and recording are available below:

In this "Bridging the Equity Gap: Flood Resilience for the Whole Community" webinar series launch, panelists begin with the history of environmental justice at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

After describing the history of environmental justice at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, panelists and audience members explored the intersection of environmental justice with flooding and identified the conditions and factors that make people, institutions, and natural systems more vulnerable to flooding than others. Audiences heard the story of the award-winning Mutual Aid Response Network that demonstrated how an alternative and community-led approach to emergency response during the 2020 Hurricane-Pandemic season met the needs of the people effectively, efficiently, and compassionately.

  • Date: August 4, 2021
  • Speakers: 
    • Jerica Richardson, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District
    • Dámaris Villalobos-Galindo, Valley Water
    • Miriam Belblidia, Imagine Water Works
    • Klie Kliebert, Imagine Water Works
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