How to Use the I-ADAPT Tool

The I-ADAPT tool will ask a series of questions about your property and personal preferences. These questions are used to develop recommended strategies based on the specific information about your property.

The questions span several pages within the tool. To toggle between these pages, select the “Next” button at the bottom left of the screen. You can go back to previous pages if needed.

If you are unable to answer all questions in one sitting, leave the window open on your computer. Your previously answered questions will remain on the screen. If you close the window, you will lose all of your previously entered answers to the questions.

To receive the most accurate results possible, please fill out the survey questions as accurately as possible.

Locate Your Property

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The first question asks where your primary building is located on the property. Enter your address and zoom-in to your property on the map using the “+” and “-“ buttons. Once you have zoomed-in to your property, click directly on top of the primary structure on your property. The primary structure is either your house or the primary building of your business. The primary structure is not a shed, detached garage, parking lot or parking garage. When you click on top of your primary structure, the location of your primary structure should be marked with a location icon.

When you are identifying the location of your property, ensure you do so with the highest degree of accuracy possible. The tool pulls physical information about the location of your primary structure when you enter its location. If you do not enter the correct location of your structure, your results will be inaccurate.

Answer a Series of Questions

After locating your primary structure on the map, continue to the question-and-answer portion of the tool.

Read through the questions and select the answers that best match your structure and/or property. If you do not enter accurate information about your property, your results will be inaccurate. If you are not sure what a term used in the questionnaire means, visit the I-ADAPT Definitions page.

The tool will automatically add or remove questions based on your answers to previous questions. Therefore, answer all questions provided within the tool in the order they appear. If you need to change an answer in the questionnaire, hit the “Back” button in the bottom left corner of the screen. Then, go through all questions following your changed answer as they may have changed according to your new answer.

Get Your Recommendations

The tool will provide two lists of recommendations, based on your input.

The first will be a list of recommended adaptation strategies that you could install on your property right now according to your property characteristics and personal preferences.

The second will be a list of recommended adaptation strategies you will likely need to install on your property in order to protect it from increased flooding through 2050.

Note: If you close the window, your results will disappear and will not re-appear by re-opening the tool.

To receive an emailed copy of your results, check the box marked “I would like to receive an emailed copy of my results.” Then enter your email address and click the “Click here to receive an email containing your results” button.

It may take up to 15 minutes for this email to arrive in your email inbox. If you have not received it after 15 minutes, please check your SPAM folder.


The recommendations are intended to guide the user’s adaptation strategy decision-making and planning process. Depending on results, users may need to reach out to various professional agencies (design engineers, contractors, utility companies, regulatory agencies, etc.) to implement the recommended adaptation strategies.

I-ADAPT is not intended to substitute or take precedence over the guidance of design engineers, contractors, utility companies or regulatory agencies.