About RainReady?

RainReady℠ is a trademarked initiative of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, a national nonprofit headquartered in Chicago. We help people manage flooding and drought in a time of climate change.

We help people come together to plan, implement and advocate for change.

How does RainReady work?

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to becoming RainReady, and we fully expect that your approach will be shaped to meet your needs. The factsheets, photos and videos on this site are available for you to use in community meetings or to show friends. Contact us for help getting your community RainReady.

What does a RainReady community look like?

To become RainReady, communities should coordinate efforts on private properties and in public spaces to effectively manage water. This process can take many forms, such as.

  • Coordinating home building, plumbing, and landscaping improvements
  • Installing permeable pavement, trees, and landscaped sidewalks to capture runoff from alleys, basketball and tennis courts, and parking lots
  • Creating ponds, parks, urban forests, and wetlands to serve as temporary water storage
  • Establishing protected zones alongside swollen or dry lakes, rivers, and streams
  • Using monitoring technology such as smart water meters and rain sensors
  • Implementing leak detection, audit, and repair programs to reduce water waste

Some of these measures might work wonders for your community, while others might be less effective. It’s important to assess your community’s needs to figure out what solutions will work best and prepare a plan of action.

Where have RainReady practices already been adopted?

The RainReady initiative is a distillation and expansion of practices already adopted by thousands of villages, towns, and cities across the country and the world. Landscaped sidewalks, permeable paving, green roofs, swales, French drains, rain gardens, rain barrels, and cisterns are certainly not new ideas. But as more undeveloped land is paved over and rainfall patterns become less predictable, communities are starting to move beyond these simple measures and take an integrated approach to water management, ensuring that every property, street, and neighborhood is protected by a broad range of Rain Ready practices.

Cities making significant investments in water preparedness include Philadelphia, PA; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Seattle, WA; Lancaster, PA; Milwaukee, WI; Grand Rapids, MI; Lenox, KS; Detroit, MI; Kansas City, MO; Onondaga County, NY;  Pittsburgh, PA; and Portland, OR.