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Resilience Planning for Floods

This course builds on the "Introduction to Resilience Planning" course and uses the approach presented there as the framework for addressing flood threats in communities.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (69 Mins)
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    Types of Flooding
    Chapter Duration 12 mins
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    Limitations of Conventional Response
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    Identifying Threats
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    Identifying Vulnerabilities
    Chapter Duration 13 mins
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    Resilience Planning
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    Learning From The Netherlands
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What You Will Learn

  • Understand common flood threats
  • Understand key concepts of resilience planning
  • Assess potential flood threats in your community
  • Assess hazard exposure
  • Assess physical and social vulnerabilities
  • Identify practices and policies to foster physical, economic, and social resilience to flood events

Course Description

Flooding is one of the leading causes of deaths from natural disasters and the most common and destructive threat facing communities. With every passing day, development patterns and climate change exacerbate the threats from flooding, so understanding the factors that contribute to flooding and identifying strategies to reduce vulnerabilities should be a top priority for planners and community leaders.

The course will begin with an overview of different types of flooding and a discussion of the impacts flooding can have on communities. Common types of flooding include coastal (tidal and storm related), seasonal, flash, and drainage related. Each type of flood can have different causes, impacts, and can require different mitigation strategies. This course builds on the previous "Introduction to Resilience Planning" course and uses the approach presented there as a framework for addressing flood threats in communities. The course will also discuss conventional responses to flooding and the limitations of those approaches.

Step one is the Hazard Exposure Assessment, identifying where a community is vulnerable to flood hazards. This is based on the likelihood of flooding, the characteristics of flood events, the effects those events have, and how to prioritize the threat. The course will then discuss how to assess the physical, social, and economic vulnerabilities of communities. The course will wrap up with an introduction to strategies to mitigate threats and build resilience—to reduce the potential for, and impact from, flood events.

Learn these skills

  • Disaster Planning
  • Environmental Planning


This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.


This course is 1 LU.


This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Chris Holtkamp

Chris Holtkamp

Chris Holtkamp is a certified planner and is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Planning at the University of Wisconsin River Falls.

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