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Beyond Flood

Beyond Floods seeks to help people get more realistic about flood risk and take the necessary precautions to mitigate damage. Built on a CARTO platform and using data from a huge collection of federal, city, and proprietary sources, Beyond Floods has assigned flood outlook scores to more than one million properties in 300 New York City neighborhoods, and has since expanded to other cities. And, in addition to these scores, Beyond Floods estimates flood insurance premiums for each property in an effort to help people kickstart their risk management strategies. While governments have long sought to make flooding information available to residents, often this information is complicated and displayed in contrived or confusing formats. Beyond Floods sought to take the array of existing information and summarize it in a concise score on an intuitive platform. On the iOS-only application, users can search for their address or explore their city geographically in order to determine flood risks and premium costs. And, if they want more detailed information, users can access a report summary of risk information, though this requires a paid subscription.

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U.S. Census Bureau, NYC Department of Information Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Geological Survey, National Flood Insurance Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Emergency Management System, and CARTO

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