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Created: 10/16/2017 - Updated: 10/16/2017


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.

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.


We deliver game-changing research, tools, and solutions to create sustainable + equitable communities. We help neighborhoods, cities, and regions work better, for everyone.

CNT is committed to improving cities’ economic and environmental sustainability, resilience, and quality of life. We work to help all people access:


Sector Addressed: 
Disaster Risk Management
Target Climate Changes and Impacts: 
Culture / communities
Type of Tool: 
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Community Planning
Communication / Outreach
Type of Adaptation Action/Strategy: 
Infrastructure, Planning, and Development
Community Planning (developing climate-smart communities)
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