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Flood Management Program

Flood Risk Management Task Force

Learn about the Flood Risk Management Task Force’s mission, members, and projects.


The Flood Risk Management Task Force (FRMTF) works to:

  • Protect communities from flood risk.
  • Advance climate adaptation.
  • Ensure smart infrastructure and land use decisions.
  • Build collaboration among City agencies around flood risk management.

To do this work, we bring together relevant agencies to:

  • Ensure equity in all areas of the City’s flood risk response, planning, and policy.
  • Ensure that flood risk management is science-based and leverages smart investments.
  • Support neighborhood-specific and community-led actions to mitigate and adapt to flood risk.
  • Collaborate on flood risk management and communication initiatives.
  • Set priorities, track progress, and build capacity for cross-departmental projects.
  • Improve flood preparedness in partnership with affected communities, and Commonwealth and federal agencies.
  • Develop recommendations to City leadership so that regulations and development practices reflect flood management priorities.
Is your community working on a flood resilience project? Are you interested in starting one? Email to learn about resources available to help your project.


Department of Aviation (DOA)

Department of Commerce

Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I)

Department of Planning and Development (DPD)

Department of Public Health

Department of Public Property (DPP)

Department of Streets

Law Department

Office of the Director of Finance

Office of Emergency Management (OEM)

Office of Risk Management

Office of Sustainability (OOS)

Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS)

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation (PPR)

Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) 

Strategic action areas

In January 2023, the Task Force met to discuss current and future flood resilience needs across the city. These action areas build on our previous work and the City’s All-Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Working groups are leading several projects within each workstream:

Workstream Action areas
Mapping and risk assessment Organize best available data and develop updated, comprehensive flood risk information.
Regulations and code Apply knowledge of flood risks to regulatory standards.
Mitigation Lead or support flood risk mitigation measures.
Outreach, engagement, and advocacy Inform mitigation efforts based on community knowledge, needs, and capacity.

Coordinate stakeholders in decision-making processes.

Partnerships, interagency coordination, and governance Develop and maintain capacity for ongoing and long-term flood mitigation efforts.