A program of
FloodWise Community Assistance is a program of Headwaters Economics, an independent, nonprofit research group that works to improve community development and land management decisions. Headwaters Economics conducts economic research, translates data and research into information that people can use, and offers policy insights to advance community solutions. Collectively, our programs advance solutions for underserved populations, particularly in rural places, and communities threatened by climate-driven disasters.
FloodWise Community Assistance provides free technical assistance and customized research to help reduce flood risk and strengthen communities. We partner with local governments and other stakeholders to support project planning, capacity building, and customized research.
Patty Hernandez is co-founder and Executive Director of Headwaters Economics. Patty has 18 years of experience in researching economic development, building partnerships, and developing technology solutions to help communities plan and adapt to a changing world.
Kris is an applied researcher with a unique ability to understand the connections between public finance, natural resources, and economic development. As part of Headwaters Economics’ FloodWise Community Assistance team, Kris works with local governments and technical experts to help communities reduce flood risk.
Samantha supports Headwaters Economics’ research initiatives with skills and experience in project management, community engagement, community climate adaptation techniques, and data tools. She is a Certified Floodplain Manager and an American Institute Certified Planner.
The FloodWise Community Assistance program began in 2020 with our pilot program in Three Forks, Montana. The program was created to support the efforts of rural and low-income communities working to reduce flood risk. We modeled the program after our successful Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) program, which has provided free technical assistance to more than 75 communities to reduce wildfire risk.
The FloodWise Community Assistance program is affiliated with FloodWise Communities, a program of GLISA, SCIPP, Stanford University, Adaptation International, and Headwaters Economics, that tests and improves methods and technologies to engage practitioners in planning for extreme weather events and impacts on stormwater systems. FloodWise Communities is endorsed by National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, National Association of Development Organizations.
If you are interested in learning more or participating in FloodWise Community Assistance, please contact us.