Know Your Risk of Flooding - Finding Out is Easy!
You Should Buy Flood Insurance
Check With Your Agent To See If You Are Fully Insure
Follow Proper Safety Precautions
You can protect yourself from flood hazards by taking measures to ensure the safety of life and property before, during, and after a flood. You will be notified of a flood event:
- By monitoring your NOAA weather radio. Listen for instructions from Volusia County Emergency Management; consult their social media (Twitter/Facebook).
- Door-to-door (Law Enforcement).
- Reverse 911 area-wide telephone notification system (sign up at www.volusia.org/emergency).
- Public media.
- Sign up for alerts at: https://www.volusia.org/services/public-protection/emergency-management/Scroll down and Select Code Red Logo. Also,
- When walking, do not attempt to cross flowing streams.
- Know your evacuation routes before flooding occurs.
- Find a place where your family can safely meet up after an evacuation order is issued.
- Do not drive through flooded areas. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
- Don't drive around road barriers.
Build Responsibly-Use only Licensed Builders
Make sure you get a permit before you build, and work with a licensed contractor who knows the codes. An Elevation Certificate may be on file at your local government office.
Keep Natural Areas Undisturbed
Wetlands, open space, and the Coastal Barrier Resources System Areas are important for many reasons, one of which is storage of storm water. It is everyone's responsibility to protect these areas. The house you flood could be your own. Here's what you can do to keep natural areas clean and healthy.
- Don't dump lawn grass, trash or anything else in storm drains.
- Keep creeks, streams, and ditches clean and free of debris;
- Scoop the poop, keep pet waste from entering waterways;
- Use a car wash;
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly;
- Adhere to Volusia County fertilizer ordinance. Limit use of fertilizers and pesticides and do not apply fertilizers closer than 15' to a water body;
- Report illegal dumping or clearing.
Protect Yourself and Your Property from the Next Flood
Several effective techniques include: redirect downspouts away from your home; grade your yard so water drains to catchment area; use a rain barrel and use the water for your landscaping, and saving on the cost of potable water.
For flood protection advice including a potential site visit from staff, and possible financial assistance, contact your local government agency.
The cost of flood insurance is a drop in the bucket compared to the cost from flood damage. Just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. To see projections of costs associated with flooding, go to the Flood Calculator at: www.floodsmart.gov/cost-flooding.
FEMA's library offers information about elevating and floodproofing structures.