Mary Dhonau OBE
Know Your Flood Risk
Mary has been flooded herself on many occasions and has extensive experience in supporting and advising the victims of flooding during their recovery.
Mary is the co-author of the Homeowners Guide to Flood Resilience, the Business Guide to Flood Resilience, the Homeowners Guide to Flood Recovery and the 4-Step guide to preparing a Household Emergency Plan. She recently project managed the Cumbria Flood Resilience Showcase Project, which won the Environment Agencies ‘Project Excellence Award for Climate Adaptation and Resilience’ Mary has recently published an EMag, which features the adaptations homeowners and businesses have made to their properties to make them more resilient to future floods.
Mary was awarded an OBE for Services to the Environment in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in 2009. In Dec 14 she was awarded a HonRICS, in recognition of her high profile for standing up for the public interest regarding flooding. Mary was also given the ‘Voice of the Customer ‘award at the CII Public Interest Awards 2015 and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the West of England in July 2015. She was also made a Hon Fellow of CIWEM in May 2017.
Case studies of homes and businesses who have made flood resilient adaptations to their properties
Flood Risk management is like a jigsaw of many pieces, all working together to reduce flood risk. Mary makes no apology for always focussing on the ‘bit in the middle’, our homes and businesses. It is our homes and businesses that are devastated by being flooded, with much loved possessions and memories destroyed forever. It is a well-known fact that recovering from being flooded is worse than the flood itself. Mary's presentation will highlight case studies of homes and businesses that have made adaptations to help them to get back home or open their businesses sooner after a flood.