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Flooding & Your Community

If you're looking for ways to educate residents, business owners and peers about flood risks, map changes, and post-flood recovery, you're in the right place. Find examples of how you can easily use the wealth of FloodSmart tools, resources, and information located on this website for your particular situation. We welcome you to use these approaches and tactics.

Going Through a Map Change? Use Our Tools to Notify Your Community.

Flood maps are being updated across the U.S., helping residents and business owners understand more about their unique flood risk. If flood map changes have recently occurred in your community, residents and business owners may not be aware that their flood risk has changed and that flood insurance may now be required. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has the tools you need to remind your community about upcoming flood map changes.

  • Link to the Undergoing a Map Change section on FloodSmart.gov to access and share information around flood maps, which includes ways residents can save money on flood insurance when facing a map change, such as the Preferred Risk Policy (PRP) Eligibility Extension and grandfathering.
  • The Map Updates Toolkit provides a host of outreach material templates, such as fact sheets, news articles, and brochures, you can download and tailor to communicate what map changes will mean to those in your community. You can find this and other toolkits in the Tools & Resources section.
Reach Out to Your Residents About Winter-Related Flooding Caused by Heavy Rains.

Heavy rains can occur throughout the year, putting homes and businesses at risk for flooding. Residents on the West Coast are at heightened risk during winter rainy season, which usually lasts from November to April. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has all the tools you need to remind your fellow residents about the flood risks associated with heavy rains and the need for flood insurance.

Go to the Tools and Resources section to find useful tools:

  • Our Seasonal Flooding Widget is a sharable tool that you can place on your website by adding some pre-developed code to your site. The widget’s look changes with the seasons and alerts visitors to the seasonal risks and costs flooding can bring.
  • Our Heavy Rains page offers homeowners tips for preparing for excessive amounts of rainfall, including reviewing their current homeowners insurance policy and calling their insurance agent to purchase a flood insurance policy if needed.
  • Link to the One-Step Flood Risk Assessment Tool on the FloodSmart.gov homepage, which is a simple way for homeowners to learn their flood risk level by just inputting their address, and the Flood Risks Scenarios Tool, which emphasizes how devastating flooding caused by heavy rains can be.
  • The Cost-of-Flooding Tool, which can be downloaded and posted on your website, shows how just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages to a home.
  • The FloodSmart Video Library provides powerful real-life examples that you can link to and play to illustrate the importance of buying flood insurance before the heavy rains come and it's too late.
  • Finally, access FloodSmart winter rainy season Talking Points to help guide your conversations about flood risks and flood insurance.
Hurricane Season Brings Tropical Systems — Prepare Residents for Flooding From May Through November.

If your community is at risk for hurricanes you know better than anyone that these powerful storms can not only quickly destroy homes and businesses on the coast but also hundreds of miles inland. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has all the tools you need to remind your fellow residents about hurricane season flood risks and the need for flood insurance.

Go to the Tools and Resources section to find useful tools:

  • Our Hurricane Season Widget is a sharable tool that you can place on your website by just adding some code to your site. The widget allows online visitors to take our Are You Ready for Hurricane Season? quiz, which highlights the flood dangers associated with hurricane season.
  • Link to the One-Step Flood Risk Assessment Tool on the FloodSmart.gov homepage, which is a simple way for homeowners to learn their flood risk level by just inputting their address, and the Flood Risks Scenarios Tool, which emphasizes how devastating hurricanes can be.
  • The Cost-of-Flooding Tool, which can be downloaded and posted on your website, shows how just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damages to a home.
  • The FloodSmart Video Library features a hurricane-related testimonial that you can link to and play to show the importance of buying flood insurance before a hurricane hits and it's too late.
  • Finally, access FloodSmart Hurricane Season Fact Sheets, Frequently Asked Questions, and Talking Points to help guide your conversations about flood risks and flood insurance.
Live by a Levee? Use Our Tools to Remind Residents They Are Still at Risk for Flooding.

Your fellow residents may not know that if they live near a levee, they may still be at risk for flooding. Although levees are created to reduce flood risks, they can and do sometimes fail. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has all the tools you need to remind your community about the flood risks that come with living near a levee.

Go to the Tools and Resources section to find useful tools:

  • Post the FloodSmart Levee Simulator to your website to show the different ways a levee can fail. It covers every type of levee failure and reminds everyone that living near a levee doesn't guarantee their home's protection.
  • The Levee Outreach Toolkit also provides a host of outreach material templates, such as news articles and newsletters, you can tailor to promote levee changes and the need for flood insurance. Find out even more about levee risks here.
  • The FloodSmart Video Library features levee-related testimonials that you can link to and play to show the importance of buying flood insurance before a levee fails and it's too late.
Recently Hit by a Flood? Access Post-Flood Tools to Help Residents Recover.

If a flood event recently occurred in your community, FloodSmart.gov provides helpful information about flood insurance you can share with your residents to assist them as they navigate the claims process. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has all the tools you need to help your community recover from a recent flood.

Go to the Tools and Resources section to find useful tools:

  • Link to the File Your Claim section, which outlines the three steps residents should follow when filing their flood insurance claim.
  • Visitors can also access After the Flood Fact Sheets and Talking Points by linking to the Flood Outreach Toolkit, as well as download Filing Your Flood Insurance Claim, Appealing Your Flood Insurance Claim and Managing Your Flood Insurance Claim brochures.
Remind Your Community That Wildfires Increase the Chance for Flooding.

If your community has been recently affected by wildfires, your fellow residents are at an increased flood risk. Whether you are updating your Facebook page or website, sending an email announcement, or distributing a newsletter, FloodSmart.gov has all the tools you need to remind your community about the increased flood risks that wildfires can bring.

Go to the Tools and Resources section to find useful tools:

  • Add the Flood After Fire Widget to your website to show that after wildfires change the landscape and ground conditions, the scorched earth becomes more susceptible to mudflows under heavy rains, increasing the need for flood insurance.
  • Link to our Mudflows page, which will help explain that mudflows are often caused by a combination of brush loss and subsequent heavy rains.
  • Our Heavy Rains page offers homeowners tips for preparing for excessive amounts of rainfall, including reviewing their current homeowners insurance policy and calling their insurance agent to purchase a flood insurance policy if needed.

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