Flood Safety Preparedness and Awareness
Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories. Flooding can occur in any of the fifty states or U.S. territories at any time of the year. It causes more damage in the United States than any other weather related event. On average, floods cause eight billion dollars in damages and eighty nine fatalities annually. Being prepared and knowing how to stay safe will help you and your loved ones survive a flood.
- Floods are the #1 natural disaster in the United States.
- Flooding is the most common disaster event in New Hampshire.
- Approximately $48 million has been paid for flood losses to New Hampshire flood insurance policy holders.
- Flood damage is not covered by homeowner’s policies. Flood insurance is the best way to protect your home, business, and belongings from flood damage.
- All residents in a community that participates in the National Flood Insurance Program are eligible to purchase a flood insurance policy no matter what their flood risk is.
- In high-risk areas, there is at least a 1 in 4 chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.
- There is usually a 30-day waiting period before a flood insurance policy goes into effect so plan ahead.
- Everyone lives in a flood zone whether it is a low, moderate, or high risk area. You don’t need to live near water to be flooded.
Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact New Hampshire at http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/states/nh-flood.shtml. You can also find out if you live in a floodplain by visiting FEMA’s Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov. There are many tips for what to do before, during and after a flood, visit http://www.readynh.gov/disasters/floods.htm for more information.
Find the latest forecasts and hazardous weather conditions at http://www.weather.gov/gyx/ and http://www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=gyx. Forecasters in National Weather Service (NWS) offices as well as at NH Emergency Management work around the clock to ensure watches, warnings and advisories are issued to alert the public to hazardous conditions. The same information is available on your mobile device at http://www.readynh.gov/alerts/index.htm. Some smart phones are able to receive Flash Flood Warning alerts via the Wireless Emergency Alerts system. Visit www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/wea.html for more information!
Another tool to alert you to hazardous conditions is NOAA All Hazards Radio. This nationwide network of radio stations broadcasts continuous weather, river and other emergency information direct from NWS offices and emergency officials. For more information, visit www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr/.