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Flood Index

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A flood, as defined by the
National Flood Insurance Program is: "A general and temporary condition of partial or complete inundation of two or more acres of normally dry land area or of two or more properties (at least one of which is your property) from:
  • Overflow of inland or tidal waters,
  • Unusual and rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source, or
  • A mudflow.

The collapse or subsidence of land along the shore of a lake or similar body of water as a result of erosion or undermining caused by waves or currents of water exceeding anticipated cyclical levels that result in a flood."

Floods can be slow, or fast rising but generally develop over a period of days. Mitigation includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in mitigation steps now, such as, engaging in floodplain management activities, constructing barriers, such as levees, and purchasing flood insurance will help reduce the amount of structural damage to your home and financial loss from building and crop damage should a flood or flash flood occur.

After A Flood-Reclaiming Heirlooms & Other Items From Flood Waters

Avoiding Flood Damage A Checklist PDF Icon 179 KB

Animal Disaster Plan Worksheet - Information Sheet

Coping With A Flood Before, During & After

Disaster Supplies Kit

Disaster Planning Tips for Pets, Livestock & Wildlife - Information Sheet

State Evacuation Routes

FAQs On Dams & Dam Safety

Food & Water In An Emergency 

Fuel Tanks

Locating Safe Drinking Water

Flood Safety Tips

Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning Equipment

How to File A Flood Insurance Claim

Hurricane Related Information

Pets & Disasters - Information Sheet

State Evacuation Routes  

Salvaging Some Common Materials

Your Evacuation Plan

 Related Information
NWS "HAZSTATS" - database and reports to include statistics on weather-related deaths, injuries, and damage estimates
Steps To Take After The Disaster
Mitigation Index
FEMA Disaster Assistance - 800-621-3362 or 800-462-7585 (TTY)
The Disaster Assistance Process for Individuals & Households
American Red Cross Donations: 1-800-435-7669
American Red Cross Food, Shelter, & Financial Assistance: 1-866-438-4636
Salvation Army Donation Helpline: 1-800-725-2769
Information Regarding FEMA's Individual Disaster Assistance
Public Assistance Forms Index
Disaster Recovery Page
FEMA's Individual Assistance
Parish Emergency Preparedness Office Phone Numbers
Charitable & Relief Agencies Links
News Sources
Hurricane Related Information