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Wisconsin Flood Resilience Scorecard

The Flood Resilience Scorecard (FRS) is a comprehensive flood planning checklist developed by the Wisconsin Climate and Health Program and UW Sea Grant. It aims to help local and regional governments assess past, current, and projected flooding impacts in their community and identify effective actions to protect communities.

Wisconsin is projected to become warmer and wetter due to climate change. Increased rainfall is causing a cycle of flooding, property damage, and rebuilding. Implementing preventative measures that mitigate the effects of flooding is in a community’s best interest, but it can be tricky to know where to start. FRS is a great first step to help you on your path to building a flood-resilient community.

To get started, complete the scorecard’s three online modules and receive a customized list of recommendations to improve your community’s flood resilience.

A flooded field with knee high corn under blue sky.

How will this help your community?

Depending on the recommendations you apply, your community can expect to:

  • Learn where communities can take action to become more flood resilience.
  • Use data to inform strategic planning, grant writing, comprehensive plans, and more.
  • Increase cross-sector participation in preparedness planning, and more.

"The review of what we have made us more aware of what we are doing well and what we should be looking to improve.” — City of Manitowoc Community Development Direction

How to complete the Flood Resilience Scorecard

We recommend bringing a wide variety of professionals to the table, however participation numbers can be scaled to accommodate capacity. These include public health, emergency management, human services, municipal planners, local governmental staff, floodplain and watershed planners, and other flood preparedness and response organizations.

Step one: Download the FRS documentation
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Contact the Department of Health Services Climate and Health Program staff to receive your data companion. The data companion will provide a “one-stop-shop” for federal flood, soil, and water data about your community and will help your municipality complete the scorecard.

Step two: Engage stakeholders

Reach out to stakeholders such as public health, emergency management, human services, municipal planners, local governmental staff, floodplain and watershed planners, and other flood preparedness and response organizations and schedule a meeting to complete the FRS.

Step three: Complete the scorecard online

Complete online modules and receive recommendations to make data-informed decisions.

Last revised May 18, 2023