A repetitive loss is when a home, business, or structure is in an area that has experienced flooding at least two times in any 10-year period.
Consider Permanent Protection Measures
- Elevate your home or place of business above flood levels
- Place your mechanical equipment above flood levels
- Install flood openings to equalize the pressure of floodwaters
- Remove furniture and valuables from lower enclosures
For more information on ways to protect property, get a copy of the current FEMA P-312, Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting from your local Floodplain Official Opens a New Window. .
Check With Floodplain Official Before Planning A Project
All development in special flood hazard areas requires a permit. Be sure to check with your local Floodplain Official before planning any building projects.
Prepare for Flooding
- Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house prior to a flood.
- Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go in the event of a flood.
- Make a household inventory list (videos, pictures), especially of the most flood-prone level of your house.
- Visit www.monroecountyem.com/evacuation Opens a New Window. to determine your evacuation zone.
- Go to www.redcross.org Opens a New Window. sa to create an emergency plan. Practice the plan so your family will know what to do in a crisis.
Flood Mitigation Grants
Currently, FEMA administers a Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program that may help with the cost of elevating certain structures that have been flooded several times. If you have filed flood insurance claims on your structure two or more times that were valued at $1000 or more, in any 10-year period, you may qualify for a grant under the FMA Program. Call your local floodplain official or visit FEMA’s Website at www.fema.gov/hazard-mitigation-assistance.
Peace of Mind
Hire only licensed and insured contractors
Why You Should Get A Flood Insurance Policy
- Homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover damage from floods. However, thanks to your community’s participation in the National Flood Insurance Program you may purchase a separate flood insurance policy backed by the Federal government. These policies are available to everyone, including coverage for properties that have been flooded in the past.
- Be sure your flood insurance policy includes coverage for the contents of your structure. If you purchased flood insurance because it was required by your lender to obtain a mortgage or home improvement loan, check your policy to be sure you also purchased flood insurance to cover contents. A flood event can cause more damage to the furniture and contents than to the structure.
- Flood insurance will help pay for repairs after a flood and, in some cases, will help pay the costs of elevating a substantially damaged building. Don’t wait for the next flood to buy insurance protection. In most cases, a 30-day waiting period is required before the National Flood Insurance Program coverage takes effect.
- Contact your insurance agent for more information regarding rates and coverage.