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StormSmart Communities

Find tools to help local officials address coastal storms and flooding, developed by the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) StormSmart Coasts Program.

StormSmart Communities helps local officials prepare for and protect their communities from coastal storms and flooding—both now and under higher sea levels. For details on the origins of the program, which was originally called StormSmart Coasts, see About StormSmart Communities.

For all of the CZM resources available to help coastal communities manage erosion and flooding, see StormSmart Coasts home.

Specific information developed as part of the StormSmart Communities initiative includes:

  • Publications
  • Pilot Projects
  • Funding Sources
  • Other Frequently Requested Information
  • StormSmart Connect


As part of StormSmart Communities, CZM has produced the following coastal floodplain management publications:

Pilot Projects

From 2009-2011, CZM conducted five pilot projects to implement StormSmart techniques. The goal was to provide "direct in-community" technical assistance to help local officials effectively adopt these strategies and tools and to develop models that could be used by other communities. The following seven communities participated in these pilot projects:

Funding Sources

Funding sources are available for community projects that focus on reducing risk to life and property. See StormSmart Communities - Funding Sources for details.

Other Frequently Requested Information

The following additional StormSmart materials are frequently accessed from the CZM website:

StormSmart Connect

The success of the StormSmart Coasts program in Massachusetts led to the development of a national website for finding technical information and connecting with other coastal professionals. StormSmart Connect helps coastal professionals find and share information on coastal erosion, flooding, storms, and sea level rise.