“PREP-RI” Videos Offer Coastal Hazard Resilience Training

Ann Street Pier during Hurricane Irene

Flooding at Ann Street Pier in Newport from Hurricane Irene in 2011.

Rhode Island planners and anyone else wanting to learn about improving their coastal community’s resilience to flooding and erosion can view a series of short educational videos online at the PREP-RI website.

PREP-RI stands for “Providing Resilience Education for Planning in Rhode Island,” and is funded by the state. The Coastal Resources Center and Rhode Island Sea Grant, located at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Graduate School of Oceanography, provide the program in partnership with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NBNERR).

The program provides brief educational modules designed primarily for local boards and commissions in coastal communities, as well as government staff, community organizations and citizens, to help prepare communities for the significant challenges posed to them by flood water and erosion. Specific topics include climate change, flooding, stormwater management, mapping tools, infrastructure impacts, and adaptation. Modules can be viewed individually or in succession.

Participants will be able to receive certificates upon completion of modules.

To learn more, contact Pam Rubinoff at (401) 874-6135 or email prep-ri@crc.uri.edu.