Monday, March 15, 2010


Florida Emergency Management officials are reminding residents and visitors that this week is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) partners with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to raise awareness during the Week of some of the many ways floods can occur, the hazards associated with floods and what you can do to save life and property.

“Recent severe weather events causing extensive river flooding and areal flooding across the state serve to highlight the fact that the Sunshine State is prone to flooding at any time of the year, in any part of the state,” said Florida Division of Emergency Management Interim Director David Halstead. “Floridians are urged to take advantage of the Week and update their disaster preparedness plans.”

Facts on flooding in Florida:

- Flooding is one of Florida’s most frequent hazards: last year alone there were 92 flooding events across the state.
- In 2009, flooding events caused approximately $87.5 million in damage in Florida.
- All three types of floods can occur in Florida:
- Areal floods occur with prolonged rainfall over several days, intense rainfall over a short period of time, or a river or stream overflows and floods the surrounding area. Areal floods are the most common type of flood and can cause considerable damage in urban areas.
- A flash flood occurs within six hours of a rain event, or following a sudden release of water held by a dam or levee.
- River flooding can be forecasted but still can cause extensive damage.

To avoid getting caught in a flood, follow these safety rules:

- NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio is one of the best ways to receive warnings from the National Weather Service. Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio or your favorite news source for vital weather-related information.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding, including dips, low spots, canals, ditches, etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Road beds may be washed out under flood waters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
-Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

One of the most important things you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to have a family or business plan and purchase a federal flood insurance policy. For more information on the Week, tips on protecting your home, and how to purchase flood insurance, please visit

1 comment:

  1. I hope this disaster preparedness/recovery information helps. When it comes to our property, what do we expect in case of loss (hurricane, tornado, earthquake, flood, fire, etc.)? The disaster itself is news. What happens after the dust settles is the story: the aftermath shock. Here is something the public should know: with a little curiosity you can mitigate that shock, even before it ever happens.

    Insurance policyholders, and more importantly disaster survivors, need to be informed of access to equality--basic rights and information. The internet reaches far more people than anyone would have ever imagined, though difficult to gather those willing to pause, to inspect, to think on their own. And yet, much is available gratis! It just takes looking: