Flood events pose a severe threat to several U.S. states. Recent major flood events in New York City, Vermont, Chicago, and other locations serve as a reminder of the significant impacts flooding can have on communities as a whole.

Flooding is a natural disaster that can cause substantial harm, and the severity of its impact depends on variables such as the speed of the storm, the length and density of the rainfall, and the amount of land that won’t absorb water.

Over the past year, emergency managers have heightened public awareness of the severity of flooding and are exploring various ways to enhance resiliency for flood events.

Spreading awareness is an ongoing process; the National Weather Service continues to disseminate new trends and information regularly.

Mitigation efforts are underway and will continue indefinitely. Emergency managers require the assistance of first responders and public safety officials to raise awareness of the dangers and complications posed by flood events to the public. Finding new mitigation techniques and tools is crucial to enhancing the country and individual states’ resilience.

Recommended flood mitigation techniques include:

  • Know the floodplain areas within your community and other flood-prone locations. Avoid these areas after heavy rain events.
  • If you reside in a floodplain or flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance to protect your property and personal belongings. Ensure you have adequate coverage by checking with your insurance company.
  • Maintain proper water runoff and drainage systems to divert water flow away from your house or business.
  • Improve landscaping and grading to allow stormwater to drain away from buildings. Digging small depressions may help channel water away.
  • Ensure your foundation and basement walls are properly sealed to prevent or reduce water leakage.
  • Protect personal property and important documents by placing them in a flood-resistant safe. Elevate electrical equipment and appliances off the ground, especially if you live in a flood-prone area.
  • Know where to obtain flood control resources such as sandbags and other flood barriers promptly.
  • Monitor weather forecasts and plan ahead. Take action sooner rather than later.

Let’s help protect more properties and businesses through more flood mitigation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Justin Baker

Justin Baker is the deputy director of emergency management for Monroe County in South Central Indiana. He is a 2023 graduate of FEMA’s National Emergency Management Basic Academy and earned the certification of Advanced Public Information Officer. Baker attended Vincennes University on two separate occasions, earning an associate’s degree in law enforcement and a bachelor’s degree in homeland security and public safety.

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