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Can Houston become better at buying out flood homes?

Grant Patterson | The Houston Chronicle | February 8, 2018

Grant Patterson highlights lessons learned from other regions, such as areas of North Carolina and New Jersey, and how Houston might apply these when planning the next round of buyouts.


How to improve the purchase process of homes affected by the passage of Hurricane Harvey?

David Herrera | Univision | February 6, 2018

On February 6, the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium welcomed five experts from across the country to share best practices and successful strategies implemented for buyout in their region. David Herrera spoke with Gavin Smith of the University of North Carolina, one of the expert panelists, and John Jacob of Texas A &M on the session and the report produced by Rice University’s Kinder Institute of Urban Research. Smith shared the purpose of the report was to capture best practices in order for local and state officials to make more informed decisions regarding buyouts in the region. He also highlighted the importance of authorities walking homeowners through every step of the process as it can be long and confusing at times. Jacob spoke to the need for buyouts in high-risk areas where there has been heavy development, recognizing that flooding will occur in the area and there is opportunity to reduce the negative impact of it.    


Workshop Discusses Making Buyouts An Increased Aspect of Flood Mitigation

Abner Fletcher  | NPR's Houston Matters | February 6, 2018

Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium, Kyle Shelton of Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, and Dave Canaan of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina's stormwater services department cover what will be discussed at the buyout workshop.


Area-specific Flood Alerts Give Residents Time to Save Lives, Property

Phil Bedient and Christof Spieler | Houston Chronicle | February 3, 2018

Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and Phil Bedient of Rice University’s SSPEED Center share the value of a region-wide flood warning system and flood alert system.


How Disaster Charity Can Pivot to Sustainable Philanthropy

Paul Sullivan | The New York Times | December 23, 2017

Paul Sullivan writes in his "Wealth Matters" column about how philanthropic organizations can look beyond reactive charity following a disaster in order to create and sustain solutions for the redevelopment and rebuilding of communities (long after the news headlines).  


Researchers discuss a new flood warning system for greater Houston

Abner Fletcher | NPR's Houston Matters | December 18, 2017

Christof Spieler of the Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium and Antonia Sebastian of Rice University’s SSPEED Center discuss the possibility of using real-time data to make flood-prevention decisions faster.


To fight flooding in Houston, we have to think big

Christof Spieler | The Houston Chronicle | November 17, 2017

The Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium responds to Judge Ed Emmett's 15-point plan.


Houston Comes Together To Figure Out Flooding

Nancy Kinder, Katherine Lorenz, Ann Stern | The Houston Chronicle | October 27, 2017

The newly formed Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium aims to guide our regional response after Harvey


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Foundation Center | Philanthropy Digest | October 29, 2017

Notes about the newly formed Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium.


A call to rebuild Houston by design: Mitigation alone is not enough

Jose Solis | Offcite | October 30, 2017

The newly formed Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium aims to guide our regional response after Harvey



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