Anywhere it rains, it can flood.
Did you know that floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States? While flooding occurs year round, spring weather patterns bring seasonally heavy rainfall, severe storms, and fast melting snow and ice that can increase the risk of flooding. Other conditions that frequently contribute are overtopped levees, outdated or clogged drainage systems, changes in floodplain boundaries from development or natural causes, and hurricanes.
Educate yourself about the dangers of flooding. Learn the facts, assess your risks, and take the appropriate actions to prepare your family, your animals, your home, and your vehicles before severe weather strikes.
Interactive Flood Risk Resources
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To promote Flood Safety Awareness, FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI) has developed a series of training programs to encourage flood safety. This guide provides readers with an easy way to identify and access self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public.
- IS-22: Are You Ready? An In-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- IS-279: Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures
Outreach Toolkit Materials
As a leader in public information response to emergency situations, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has developed this valuable tool designed to assist your efforts to educate and inform communities about the importance of flood insurance coverage.
Fire. Flood. Hurricane. Wildfire.
An emergency can occur with little or no warning. You may have to evacuate quickly...or shelter-in-place. Take some simple steps now to prepare yourself, your family and your community for the unexpected.