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Silver Jackets to Host DC Flood Summit, Sept. 8

The DC Silver Jackets, an organization composed of representatives from federal, District of Columbia, and regional agencies as well as academia, will host a D.C. Flood Summit on Sept. 8, 2016, at Gallaudet University. University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience representatives Sandra Knight and Gerry Galloway have played an active role in the event-planning process.

The event will bring together Silver Jackets members and public and private partners with the goals of sharing best practices, reviewing lessons learned from past flood events, initiating new collaborations, and building a resilient Washington, D.C. in a changing climate.

To Washington, D.C. newcomers, the nation’s capital might seem immune to large-scale flood events. But, the city has actually endured several historic floodwater events in the past century: 1933, 1936, 1942, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2006—to name a few. Recognizing this, DC Silver Jackets hopes to gather stakeholders to address the risks coming with the next flood event and learn about current flood risk management efforts.

Space for the flood summit is limited to 200, but registration is free. Please email flood.risk@dc.gov with any questions.

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