Here are a few simple steps to take that will help you successfully cope with any flooding your area is prone to:
- Determine Your Risk - The first step in preparing is to understand what you are likely to face in a flooding situation. For a general overview, the Ready.gov site is a great place to start. You'll want to download their Are You Ready? Guide, a comprehensive booklet that provides valuable insights into individual, family and community preparedness. You also can expand your knowledge with online webinars, discussion forums or additional publications.
- Getting an accurate fix on how flood-prone your home or business location is will be crucial. You may get details on that topic at FEMA's Map Service Center.
- One of the most useful websites to visit in your hunt for flood risk assistance is FloodSmart, where you'll be able to get help in understanding how to read a flood map, study various flood risk scenarios and pick topics of special interest to you from among the brief--but well made--video offerings.
- Since we can't know the exact extent or severity of future flooding events, one of the most crucial steps to take to protect your home or business is to secure flood insurance from FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). You can explore what is covered and how building and contents coverage differs, learn when insurance is required to be held, get a summary of coverage and much more. If you'd like to review Harris County-specific insurance rate map data, you may do that at the TexasChart webpage. Having that protection in place will let you rest a little easier when high water is threatening your home or business.
The above links will provide most residents and business owners with a good beginning on being "flood smart." Naturally, you'll want to have all this information well in-hand before severe weather strikes. With it looking like the 2013 hurricane season may end without any major problems for our area, it would be a great time to carefully plan your preparations for next year...when we may not be so lucky.
Don't forget that you can keep up with weather conditions in Pasadena easily just by referring to our Emergency Management weather pages. They will provide you with current conditions at our three monitoring stations
, a large radar map
of storm activity and when things start brewing in the Gulf, their hurricane tracking map
will be an invaluable tool in preparing to face the possibility of large-scale flooding. While you're there
, check out the additional information such as a ZIP code based evacuation map
, a preparation checklist
, and a comprehensive Texas-focused website
that helps prepare you for more than just flooding emergencies.