Statewide Virtual Meeting Wed Dec 8: Flood Risk Monitoring and Mitigation, Even Far Inland

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This presentation will give an overview of how flood water gets into buildings and what buy-and-hold investors should do about it. We will focus on the impact climate change is having on the general trend of rainfall and flooding. Previously dry buildings may become moist, wet or flooded over time. We will teach the trends with:

  • Rainwater,
  • River overflow,
  • Storm surge, and
  • Base sea level rise

This presentation will be highly relevant for inland owners. We are going to be focused primarily on rainwater and river flooding, a previously underrated risk for many properties statewide especially in Franklin County. We are all familiar with the risk of coastal flooding, this will also be covered.

We will then evaluate different sources for flood risk data and warnings, including:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) resources
  • First Street Foundation's Flood Factor™ (speaker has no affiliation, this will be a third party appraisal)
  • Weather apps

Attendees will leave knowing how to

  • Prepare existing properties for water,
  • Assess new investments in terms of their flood exposure, and
  • Develop and maintain hazardous weather plans to reduce your costs and liabilities.
Headshot of Dr. Alicia Wasula outside in summertime smiling and wearing a white blouse.
Dr. Alicia Wasula of STM Weather
Screenshot of video of flooding in Cambridge St, Worcester, July 2018 with the tops of two cars visible in flood water approximately four feet deep. Screenshot of YouTube video by the Telegram and Gazette.
Cambridge St, Worcester, July 2018. Telegram and Gazette video: YouTube

Part of this event will be presented by Dr. Alicia Wasula, President of STM Weather. Weather impacts everyone. Dr. Wasula’s passion is helping you understand how to use information and science to save time and money, prevent injuries, and save lives.

As an educator, she was driven to help her students understand tough concepts and make abstract ideas relevant and real. Every aspect of her business is saturated with that sense of purpose. Whether she is communicating weather information to attorneys or juries for litigation purposes, property owners for weather preparedness training, or community groups, her goal is to help them understand how the weather works in a way that is relevant to them and to communicate complex information in an understandable, relatable way.

STM Weather was founded in 2004 as Shade Tree Meteorology. Originally a forensic-based firm, it has grown over the years into a full-service meteorological firm. As STM Weather has grown, they have expanded their services to include weather planning and trainings, seminars and speaking engagements, and data-driven consulting which helps answer questions such as “When is the best time of year to plant tomatoes in my backyard?”, “What is the most likely weather hazard I will encounter at my location?”, or “What is the best way to receive weather information?” We are fully committed to serving each of our clients with kindness and respect, giving them a scientifically sound, complete analysis, and delivering our findings in a clear, easy-to-understand manner.

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Dana Fogg will moderate networking time.
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Networking time will be moderated by Dana Fogg. Dana started his rental business in 1994 with his first Multifamily in Watertown. Since then, Dana and his wife have purchased and sold rental properties around the Metro West area. They now have 9 Units in Watertown and Marlborough. Dana is the Vice President of the Metro West Property Owners Association.

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Open to attendees statewide

You are welcome to participate in this virtual meeting no matter where you are.

Wednesday, Dec 8th

Virtual Meeting Agenda

  • 5:00pm Sign-in and virtual networking: you can chit chat with others as people log in
  • 5:40pm Business Update
  • 6:00pm Flood risk monitoring and mitigation
  • 7:00pm Virtual meeting ends

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  • Virtual meetings include optional audience participation via video, phone, and screenshare and are not recorded.
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Virtual Meeting Details (hosted by Zoom)

We will share our video, audio, and computer screen and slides.

  • Optional: You can share your video with everyone, talk to everyone, and type chat with everyone. Video sharing is not required. Talking is not required.

Password will be emailed and viewable online.

Topic: Flood Risk Monitoring and Mitigation Virtual Meeting Dec 8, 2021 Time: Dec 8, 2021 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 858 1475 2497 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 408 638 0968 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 858 1475 2497 Passcode: Will be emailed and viewable online Find your local number:


Open to the public. Membership is not required!

  • Contemporaneous participation:
    • Public: $21
    • Members: $7

This event will not be recorded.

Slides and handouts if any will be uploaded to Flood Risk.


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