Texas had more than twice the number of flood fatalities (840) between 1959-2008 as the next ranked state. In addition to the fatalities the costs associated with swift water rescues can run into the millions of dollars. To address the problem of flood fatalities the Coalition felt an urgency to build upon the National Weather Service's Turn Around Don't Drown® campaign by organizing strategic work groups in the areas of education, warning and communication, and research related to geoscience, social science, and technology.
Best practices and challenges addressed by the the Coalition since its inception in 2007 will be presented. The outcomes of two extremely productive conferences will also be discussed. Results from these conferences are being used to enable the Coalition to leverage partnerships and resources to deal with the deadly flash flood problem in Texas.