Vulnerability Assessment Portal

Welcome to Northeast Florida’s Vulnerability Assessment Portal! Here you can access all information pertaining to Vulnerability Assessments conducted in the Northeast Florida region. Vulnerability Assessments are studies that predict the impacts of different types of flooding on community assets in both the natural and built environments. Florida State Statute Section 380.093 dictates the types of assets that must be included in a Vulnerability Assessment, along with the different flooding types that must be analyzed. It also dictates that a sensitivity analysis must be performed which includes an evaluation of the impact of flood severity on each asset type at each flood scenario.

Required Asset Types:

Transportation assets

Transportation assets and evacuation routes, including airports, bridges, bus terminals, ports, major roadways, marinas, rail facilities, and railroad bridges.

Natural resources

Natural, cultural, and historical resources, including conservation lands, parks, shorelines, surface waters, wetlands, and historical and cultural assets.

Critical infrastructure

Critical infrastructure, including wastewater treatment facilities and lift stations, stormwater treatment facilities and pump stations, drinking water facilities, water utility conveyance systems, electric production and supply facilities, solid and hazardous waste facilities, military installations, communications facilities, and disaster debris management sites.

Critical communit Facilities

Critical community and emergency facilities, including schools, colleges, universities, community centers, correctional facilities, disaster recovery centers, emergency medical service facilities, emergency operation centers, fire stations, health care facilities, hospitals, law enforcement facilities, local government facilities, logistical staging areas, affordable public housing, risk shelter inventory, and state government facilities.

Required Flooding Types:

Storm Surge

Storm Surge: the abnormal rise in water during a storm primarily caused by the force of the wind pushing water inland. Both current and future storm surge under different sea level rise scenarios must be analyzed.

Rainfall-Induced Flooding

Rainfall-Induced Flooding: the flow and ponding of water as the amount of rain exceeds the ground absorption rate. Both current and future rainfall must be analyzed.

Tidal Flooding

Tidal Flooding: the rise in water that occurs during high tides. Both current and future tides under different sea level rise scenarios must be analyzed.

Compound Flooding

Compound Flooding: the non-linear flooding that occurs when more than one of the above events happen simultaneously.

Many of Northeast Florida’s counties are still in the process of completing their Vulnerability Assessments, so check back on the portal for updates as results become available.