The Town of North East Recognizes April As Maryland Flood Awareness Month
North East, Maryland is joining the statewide effort to educate residents and businesses about flood risk and flood insurance. “Flooding is the most common and costly natural hazard in the United States.”
April is a great month to make a plan for flooding. We urge our residents and business owners not to be caught off guard and to plan now for potential flooding. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, just one inch of water in a structure can cause up to $25,000 in damage.
The first step to reducing the impacts of a flood is knowing your risk. You don’t have to live near the water for your home or business to flood. Maryland residents and business owners can learn more about their flood risk by searching their addresses on MD Flood Maps www.mdfloodmaps.net
What will you do in case of an emergency? Visit ready.gov for tips on making an emergency plan.
Small steps can make a big impact. Consider the following:
✓ Store important documents. Save copies of birth certificates, passports, medical records, and insurance papers in a safe, dry place. Keep original documents in a watertight safety deposit box.
✓ Take photos and videos of household items. Keep them in a safe place if you need to file an insurance claim.
✓ Call your insurance agent and see if you are covered for flood damage. Most renters and homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding. Learn more about flood insurance at www.floodsmart.gov
✓ Prepare an emergency supply list-FEMA recommendations attached:
Taking steps now to be prepared will make a big difference when a disaster arrives. Getting your family prepared will help your entire community. More information about Maryland Flood Awareness Month is available at www.resiliencypartnership.com.
For more information, please read our full April Flood Awareness Packet