Flood Safety Awareness Week: March 14-18, 2011

Apparently, it is flood safety awareness week. I had no clue.

With the potential for massive snow melt and rain storms, many communities nationwide face the threat of flooding this spring. When it comes to insuring your home or business from floods, the most important thing to note is that flood is NOT a covered peril on your property insurance policy. Flood insurance must be purchased separately and can financially protect your property and belongings from costly flood damage.

Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Flood Safety Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It was created to highlight the causes and consequences of flooding and educate communities on how to prepare for and protect their homes and businesses from the devastating effects of flooding.

Tips & Tools You Can Use

The National Flood Insurance Program’s (NFIP) FloodSmart Campaign is working with FEMA and NOAA to encourage home and business owners to take the steps necessary now to guard against the risks of flooding. Here are some tools and resources you can use:

  • Ready.gov/floodawareness: Visit the Ready’s Flood Safety Awareness landing page for fact sheets and other important preparedness tips.
  • FloodSmart.gov: Visit FloodSmart.gov’s homepage to find important spring preparedness and flood insurance information and outreach tools.
  • Blog posts and social media promotion. FEMA will be blogging and spreading the word through their social media tools (Facebook and Twitter) next week.

-JK

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About Jim Kinmartin - Business Insurance & Risk Management Broker

Jim is a California licensed Property & Casualty AND Accident & Health insurance agent working at the ISU - Olson Duncan Insurance brokerage in Torrance, CA. He grew up in Fullerton, CA and graduated from Servite High School in Anaheim and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and currently lives in Long Beach, CA. Have questions? Just ask! Or, follow Jim on Twitter at @JimKinmartin

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