Phase 1 (2018)

Virginia Beach Flood Resilience Community Outreach

The ASERT framework was applied to public engagement meetings to solicit resident input into the City of Virginia Beach's Comprehensive Sea Level Rise and Recurring Flooding Analysis and Planning Study.

The public engagement meetings took the form of a “Flood Resilience Game Night” with five stations in which residents could participate in activities to earn stamps on a game card.

Introductory station gathered anonymous demographic information about participants and collected information about perceptions and preferences using a tablet (or paper survey).

Seven Flood Resilience Game Nights were conducted in December 2017 and January 2018 in public schools located in seven different sub watersheds of the City. One meeting was hosted on a Saturday afternoon in March at a Virginia Beach public library, taking the form of a Flood Resilience Fun Afternoon.

Community participation was also available in an online format (an online survey and web mapping portal) for Virginia Beach residents unable to attend the live Game Night events. Information about the online format was available to Virginia Beach residents on the city’s ‘Comprehensive Sea Level Rise’ website (update … posting removed) and was also shared with residents in a Letter to the Editor published in The Virginian-Pilot.

Selected flooding locations as identified on the Travel Disruption and Community Assets and Challenges stations