About the Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Sea Grant College Program provided support for the development of this assessment under the grant NA13OAR4170140.

Throughout 2014 and 2015, the partners listed below developed the Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities (FVA) over multiple phases. The first phase was the initial draft of the assessment, which was developed through not only personal knowledge of the project team, but also the information found in publications and reports about assessing critical facilities and/or flood-prone sites (FEMA P-424, Baker 2005). After several reviews and edits, the first draft of the assessment was used for in-person pilots at three critical facilities in Cook County in 2015 in coordination with DHSEM.

The second phase included revising the FVA based on the feedback from the pilot assessments (e.g., clarifying/simplifying questions, removing/adding as necessary,) and creating the second draft that was used throughout the duration of the project in Cook County. The format of this second version was a fillable PDF that respondents completed on their own. Finally, the third and final phase was converting the assessment into an online tool, which resulted in a few small edits to either make improvements and/or online friendly.

For problems with this assessment, please contact Molly Woloszyn.


FEMA P-424. Checklist for Vulnerability of Flood-Prone Sites and Buildings. Amended checklist for the Design Guide for Improving School Safety in Earthquakes, Floods, and High Winds (FEMA 2010a).

Baker, George H, 2005. A Vulnerability Assessment Methodology for Critical Infrastructure Sites. DHS Symposium: R&D Partnerships in Homeland Security.



Cook County Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Illinois State Water Survey: Coordinated Hazard Assessment and Mapping Program (CHAMP)

Midwestern Regional Climate Center



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