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Plan and Respond to the Flood Threat
One of the most frequent and costly disasters in the U.S., flooding occurs in every state. The average flood damage caused in the U.S. from 2000-2008 was approximately $16.5 billion a year. Protecting your property, personal health and safety is just as important after a flood occurs as it is to do during the incident. In winter and early spring, it is especially important to understand the health threats associated with exposure to cold weather and cold water.
Floods frequently occur in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam, but even a very small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding. Flash floods are particularly dangerous, carrying heavy objects that wreak havoc on anything in their path. Regardless of where you live, it's important to be prepared. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine, so take steps to keep dry and stay safe.
Business continuity planning for floods:
What to do when a flood happens:
U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides Fact Sheets & QuickCards, Disaster Recovery Operations, Public Service Announcements, Safety and Health Guides, Safety and Health Information Bulletins and Training Programs.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides flood maps, flood terms, and steps for what to do before, during, and after a flood.
The National Flood Insurance Program is a program put in place by FEMA to help dispel the myth that people and businesses in flood-prone areas cannot buy flood insurance.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers information on worker safety, health and safety concerns, and emergency preparedness and response.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service keeps up to date on the Automated Flood Warning System (AFWS).
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service's Flood Watch tracks floods in cities all across the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information and resources on flood recovery assistance.
Dartmouth University's Flood Observatory uses orbital remote sensing to detect, measure, and map river discharge and river flooding.
USGS Water Watch provides flood information from the U.S. Geological Survey.
NOVA Online: Flood! includes flood information from the Public Broadcasting System program NOVA.
Flood Safety includes over 200 pages of information about flood safety, recent historical floods, and numerous video clips.