Even a slight chance of flooding can pose too great a threat to the delivery of services offered by the maintenance and operation of a community’s critical facilities. For a critical facility to function, building systems and equipment must remain operational.

In the hours and days after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States in 2012, damage to essential equipment, including mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems prevented many critical facilities in New York and New Jersey from serving their communities when those communities needed them most. In numerous instances, critical facilities could not function because essential equipment was placed in basements, sub-basements, or ground floor levels that flooded. In some cases, components of essential systems were elevated well above the floodwaters, while other critical systems (transformers, transfer switches, fuel tanks, pumps, etc.) were placed at lower levels and therefore were vulnerable to flooding. When those vulnerable critical elements failed, the systems were rendered inoperative and the functionality of the critical facilities suffered as a result.

Citation: From “Reducing Flood Effects in Critical Facilities,

What are the goals of the Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Critical Facilities (FVA)?

Who should take this assessment?

My facility is not in a floodplain, so does this assessment apply to me?