"Property damages that can be expected from hurricanes and coastal flooding are increasing year by year. In many places threat to life is increasing also. Most coastal communities are vulnerable to one or more different kinds of flooding and related hazards: * frequent flooding from storm tides, inadequate storm drainage, or overflow of coastal streams * hurricane storm surge and winds, particularly if the community is located on the Gulf or Atlantic coast * storm-caused erosion of bluffs and beaches This Handbook for Local Officials focuses on two of the most common of these coastal hazards: tidal flooding and hurricanes. The Handbook also focuses on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, although much of the material on coastal flooding is just as relevant to the Pacific coast."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov