Every year around this time, the third week of March, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lead the observance of National Flood Safety Awareness Week. For good reasons.

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.

Over the past nine years, in particular, we have experienced the unpredictability of Mother Nature – she plays no favorites. We have witnessed the failure of flood insurance reform and observed many property owners pay the price for inaccurate flood zone designations, which result in the unfair imposition of flood insurance requirements. Subsequently, we would like to pass along this advice from NOAA:

Knowing your flood risk is the best way to prepare for flooding. Find out which flooding hazards impact your state at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/map.shtml. You can also find out if you live in a flood plain by visiting our partners at FEMA at https://msc.fema.gov. There are many tips for what to do before, during and after a flood on our newly redesigned Flood Safety Website at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.

In addition to finding out which flooding hazards impact your geographic region, find out which hazards impact your individual property. AmeriFlood Solutions Inc. (AFSI) can help and provides a flood risk evaluation as a public service for property owners designated as high-risk.

In every community across this great nation, there is diversity in landscapes and land uses, weather patterns and flood risk. Regardless of your property’s flood zone designation, it is necessary to mitigate, prepare and know the property’s true exposure to flooding. We join FEMA and NOAA in the rallying call to property owners to be a force of nature – know your flood risk. Submit your property for AFSI’s no-cost flood risk evaluation, an independent review of your flood insurance requirement.

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