Dr. Diane S. Henshel, Associate Professor at Indiana University School of Public & Environmental Affairs, is undertaking a survey of property owners along Lake Huron, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior.  The Great Lakes Coalition is inviting our members, their neighbors, and anyone living in a Great Lakes coastal community to participate in this survey.


Here is the link:


The project is funded by the U.S. Army Corps as a part of the U.S. Coastal Research Program. 


The survey is only one piece of a project that is to culminate in developing guidance for communities to become more resilient by adapting to climate change. The target audience is community members, individuals and at most neighborhoods or community groups. Thus this is not redundant to the multiple existing guidance aimed at municipal planners and managers.  In addition, the focus is for people to think of and plan for that period during and immediately after a storm-related emergency when it is too soon for municipalities, states, and federal agencies to get people organized and on site.

As a piece of the project, Dr. Henshel and her team have been developing a spatial database that incorporates (at this point) flooding, a variety of socioeconomic vulnerabilities, and critical infrastructure vulnerabilities so that someone using the tool they develop from the database can begin to predict what types of support services are and are not available (or are harder to reach) during that critical gap period before help can arrive.


Thank you for participating!



Ron Wilson, President