Flooded? We can help
Higher Ground is the largest flood survivor network in the U.S. We help people harmed by flooding get organized, heard and supported. We offer people affected by flooding:
Free assistance to help you better understand the nature of your community's flood risks and potential solutions.
Introductions to major agencies and nonprofits who can help your community respond to flooding events.
Regular webinars, training, and online guidance on ways to reduce your flood risks.
A monthly forum, via video conferencing, to share experiences with flood survivors from across the U.S. and get support and advice.
Briefings on legislation and policies to help your community address flooding and climate resilience.
Find a flood survivor group
Flood survivor groups are typically set up spontaneously by flood survivors (businesses as well as individuals), volunteers and supporters. They are comprised of residents and businesses affected by, or at risk of flooding. By coming together in groups – sometimes only virtual, sometimes tangible – members support each other, sharing sympathy, ideas, strategies and practical solutions.
Please see the map below to find the groups that we are currently working with. Most of these groups have Facebook groups that you can join. If you manage a group and would like to be listed, please contact us. We also help new groups get set up - please see below.
Record Floods Prompt Nationwide Campaign
Alliance of flood survivors launch
United Flooded States of America
More than 30 local and regional leaders across 16 states are joining together to start a national campaign to combat flooding. The United Flooded States of America, an initiative of Higher Ground, represent hundreds of thousands of people in cities, suburbs, towns and villages from across the U.S., who have been harmed by irresponsible building and climate change. They want action now to stop development in wetlands and floodplains, reform flood insurance laws, and reduce human-caused greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Their flag shows 50 stars, representing the 50 states, above a scene of flooded streets.
Our Eight Demands
Stop paving wetlands and building in flood-prone areas
Prevent excessive runoff into rivers, creeks, streams and bayous
Secure federal funds to elevate or buy out vulnerable homes
Install rain gardens and bioswales to locally manage stormwater
Protect and expand natural buffers against floods: wetlands, forests and barrier islands
Ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program puts communities & science first
Use climate predictions in every local government zoning, building regulation and finance decision
Reduce global warming by using only clean, renewable energy sources
Flood survivors in Charleston, SC, take dramatic action.
Images from the campaign
Alliance of Flood Survivors Launch Nationwide Campaign of Community Action Called “United Flooded States of America”. The Insider, An exclusive publication for ASFPM members. July 2019.
Flood survivors join forces to change policy, fight climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby News. July 18, 2019.
Women Are Fighting Flooding Crisis in the US. Human Rights Watch, July 1, 2019.
Stop building on floodplains, say flood-hit U.S. families. Yahoo News, June 24, 2019. By Sebastien Malo, Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Stop Building in Floodplains. The Progressive, June 18, 2019. An Op-Ed by Aa Executive Director, Harriet Festing.
Commentary: Stop building in floodplains. Chicago Tribune, June 17, 2019. Commentary by Aa Executive Director, Harriet Festing.
Images of flooding from the campaign participants
Lead a flood survivor group
Residents affected by flooding often believe themselves alone, not realizing their problems may be similar to their neighbor’s. Flood survivor groups are good ways for residents to document and vocalize problems, discuss causes and solutions, and engage with government and nonprofit organizations.
If you are interested in starting a flood survivor group, please see our factsheets on How to set up a Flood Group, and How to Get Politicians to do Things for You. You can also contact us to get support and advice.
If you have information or experiences concerning flooding that you wish to share with other groups, please share them with our online community of flood survivors. Your experience and ideas can help us help your neighbors!
Downloads & Fact Sheets
Scroll this page to find downloadable information on setting up and leading flood survivor groups.
You can vote in elections, or run for election, meet with elected officials, attend public meetings, send letters to newspapers. But sometimes, protest is the best way to build a movement and change things!
FLOOD SLOGANS AND CHANTS FOR PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PROTESTS
Bringing humor to public meetings, hearings, rallies and protests keeps people’s spirits up and gets the attention of politicians, government officials and the media
HOW TO GET POLITICIANS TO DO THINGS
People sometimes ask: “Why don’t elected politicians hear us?” Higher Ground has produced a brief guide to make sure they do. If you follow its three guidelines, you won’t always get what you want, but at least you’ll have a fighting chance.
ABOUT TO BE FLOODED?
The local weather report can be terrifying when you know that your river is rising fast. What do you do when the water is heading your way? Download this guide to help you take the necessary steps to protect your family and home.
STARTING A FLOOD SURVIVOR GROUP?
Is it time to rally the troops? Let Higher Ground help you. There is plenty of work to go round, and many hands make it light. We can help you partner with services and providers that will lighten the load and keep you afloat.