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The RAFT is a collaborative, community-driven process and full-service tool developed to help Virginia’s coastal localities improve resilience to flooding and other coastal storm hazards while striving to thrive both economically and socially.

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"After reading the RAFT Scorecard for our community, the Saxis team immediately knew where it could improve to prepare for Florence – getting a count of who was staying, who was evacuating, providing transport to shelters, creating a master communication list, etc.!”  ·The Saxis Resilience Implementation Team

The RAFT Resilience Resources

The RAFT Resilience Research & Policy Products


The RAFT Resilience Research & Policy Products

The RAFT Resilience 

Communication Products


The RAFT Resilience Communication Policy

The RAFT Scorecards, Opportunity Lists & Checklists


The RAFT Scorecards, Opportunity Lists & Checklists

The RAFT Resilience Maps 


The RAFT Resilience Maps 

State & National Resilience Resources


State & National Resources

The RAFT in the News


RAFT in the News

This website, Task # 92.03 was funded by the Virginia Coastal Zone Management Program at the Department of Environmental Quality through Grant # NA17NOS4190152 
of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended. The views expressed
herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA, or any of its subagencies.

This project is currently a partnership between the Institute for Engagement & Negotiation at the University of Virginia, the Institute for Coastal Adaptation and Resilience at Old Dominion University, and the Center for Coastal Studies at Virginia Tech. The former Virginia Coastal Policy Center at the William & Mary Law School participated in this partnership from 2015 until June 2023.


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