Aa’s core initiative, Higher Ground, is the largest flood survivor network in the country. We help people harmed by flooding get organized, heard and supported. If you run a group concerned about flooding in your neighborhood, you can become a member of Higher Ground.

Membership is free!

Here are the many benefits:

  • Free technical assistance to you and your neighbors 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.

  • An active Facebook group, and the nation's largest video library of flooding footage.

  • Briefings on legislation and policies to help your community address flooding and climate resilience. 

  • Mini-grants - when available - to help defray the costs of food, room hire, local travel, printed T-shirts, FOIA requests, website hosting, planning appeal fees, water quality tests, and volunteer stipends.

Interested? Join the Higher Ground Facebook group, schedule a call or fill in the application form directly.

What makes a successful flood advocacy group? Helen Lekavich launched Floodlothian Five in 2013 after severe flooding affected homes in the Village of Midlothian, Illinois. They share their story.

Our Eight Demands

Our members are united by 8 demands:

  1. Stop paving wetlands and building in flood-prone areas

  2. Prevent excessive runoff into rivers, creeks, streams and bayous

  3. Secure federal funds to elevate or buy out vulnerable homes

  4. Install rain gardens and bioswales to locally manage stormwater

  5. Protect and expand natural buffers against floods: wetlands, forests and barrier islands

  6. Ensure that the National Flood Insurance Program puts communities & science first

  7. Use climate predictions in every local government zoning, building regulation and finance decision

  8. Reduce global warming by using only clean, renewable energy sources

We are currently working with our members to: ban fill and build development in flood prone areas including wetlands and forests, help low-income communities access federal funds for property buyouts and managed retreat, influence the reform of the National Flood Insurance Program, and demand action on the climate crisis.

Images of flooding from our members