The Coastal Storms Program is a nationwide effort led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to make communities safer by reducing the loss of life and negative impacts caused by coastal storms.
This work is accomplished by bringing together organizations from all sectors. Each funded project lasts three to five years and brings additional manpower, focus, and funding to a specific region. When the program is active in a region, a local outreach coordinator is provided to oversee the effort. The results often include new data and predictive tools, new ways of keeping the public informed and enlightened, and new partnerships that strengthen existing resilience efforts.
Thus far, the Coastal Storms Program has benefited communities in Northeast Florida, the Gulf of Mexico, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. Actively funded projects for fiscal year (FY) 2012 are in the Pacific Islands and the Great Lakes, with ongoing coordination and evaluation in the Gulf of Mexico.