Flooding is the nation’s number one natural disaster, and it can occur inland, along the coast, and across every region of the country. Even though you may think your community has little or no risk of flooding, the reality is that anywhere it rains, it can flood. In fact, roughly 25 percent of all flood insurance claims are filed in low-to-moderate flood-risk areas. It is important to keep in mind that the risk of flooding isn’t based only on your community’s history, but on a variety of factors like rainfall, topography, river-flow and tidal-surge data, and changes resulting from new construction in your community. Those all play a part in what actual flood risk you face.
There are steps that you can take to prepare yourself and mitigate against damages. The first thing you can do is to know your risk. Next, you should create an emergency communication plan and build an emergency kit to ensure you and your family are prepared for a flood. As part of having a plan, we also encourage you to consider your coverage. A flood insurance policy can protect your home, property, or business from the financial damages of flooding. Most homeowner’s insurance do not cover damage from flooding. In addition to these steps, there are also small flood proofing measures that you can take to help prevent, or minimize the impact of flooding services to your home and its contents. A few examples include:
- Elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel in your home, if you live in a high flood risk area.
- Install “check valves” to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
- When practical, homeowners can construct barriers (such as sandbagging) to stop floodwater from entering your home.
- Seal walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds.
Homeowners around the nation have taken proactive measures, like these, to reduce their risk of damage from flooding. Proactive communities work on mitigating strategies through a combination of flood control projects and good floodplain management activities. In addition, FEMA hazard mitigation grants across the country have helped homeowners and communities affected by flooding, prevent future damages.
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