Tsunamis, tropical storms, Pineapple Express storms or Atmospheric Rivers, weeks of heavy rain, rain on snow — eventually our community experiences weather events that overwhelm local rivers, streams and drainages. When these are prolonged and combine with higher than normal high tides, the results can be, well, seriously wet.

So what’s a coastal community to do in the face of increasing storm energy and more frequent severe events? Learn, plan and over time, make small changes that pay off in increase resilience to these major flood events. Prof. Kim Patten and Kathleen Sayce asked the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center to hold a local session here in our community on coastal flood risk reduction, and they said yes.

This class on flood risk-reduction opportunities in coastal communities is designed to develop participants’ abilities to recognize and reduce potential flood vulnerabilities in these communities. It’s interactive, including working through scenarios for major events. Joining information we already know and share, including planning for what to do before, in and after natural disasters, this course on flood risk reduction is a welcome addition to our tools.

The Coastal Flood Risk Reduction class is offered by the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, University of Hawaii, and held at WSU-Long Beach, 2907 Pioneer Road, Long Beach, Washington, on June 4, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring lunch. Classes are limited to 30 registrants. If you are interested, register on line at ndptc.hawaii.edu/training. There is a slow and non-intuitive login process, but grit your teeth and persist.

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