Encourages homeowners to focus on flood preparation and protection
Largo, MD – During Flood Awareness Month in June, the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources (DER) is working to raise awareness of flood risks and what County residents can do to protect their homes, families and personal belongings if flooding occurs. As the nation’s #1 natural disaster, flooding can happen at any time and anywhere. June also marks the beginning of “hurricane season,” a six-month period that includes tropical storms, violent winds and heavy rains. These severe weather conditions can cause flooding, threaten lives, and damage property and structures. Floodplain studies, conducted by DER, have identified approximately 3,700 countywide flood prone structures. All County residents are encouraged to be flood smart and know what to do before, during and after a flood. Levees located throughout the Anacostia Watershed reduce the risk of flooding; however, it is important for County residents to know if they live behind a levee, understand associated risks and prepare accordingly.
“You don’t have to live near water to be a victim of flooding. Everyone should be aware of their flood risks and learn if their home is located behind an Anacostia Watershed levee or in a community subject to flooding,” says DER Director Adam Ortiz. “Being proactive and prepared is key. I encourage County homeowners to develop an emergency plan, store important papers and contents in a safe place and purchase flood insurance.”
There are many informational resources available to County residents on flooding, flood insurance and levees. DER’s "Be FloodSmart" poster provides information on what causes flooding, protecting your home and purchasing flood insurance. Residents may also view this poster at County libraries. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers flood awareness tips and information at www.ready.gov/floods. To learn more about flood insurance options and premium discounts available to Prince George’s County residents, visit www.floodsmart.gov.
Recently, FEMA issued a revised preliminary Flood Insurance Study and a Flood Insurance Rate Map for Prince George’s County. These resources detail flooding risks throughout the County and identify areas subject to flooding behind levees and along coastal lines. To view the study and map, please click here. Additional information about levees is available in a comprehensive booklet titled, So, You Live Behind a Levee! To view and download the booklet, click here.
For more information, contact County Click 3-1-1.