Floods: Are You Prepared?

Delaware has the lowest average land elevation in the United States. It is more susceptible to flooding and faces an increased risk from sea level rise. Be prepared. Know your flood risk and how to manage it.

With Climate Change, and the uncertainty it brings, the saying “Where it rains it can flood” rings even more true. Flooding can impact anyone, whether they live in or out of a mapped floodplain.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that just one inch of flooding can cause up to $25,000 in damage to a home. If you are prepared, and know your flood risk, you can take steps now to lower that risk to your family and property.

Flood Awareness Week

Delaware Governor John Carney has declared the week of May 9 to May 15, 2022 as Flood Awareness Week.

Take the Flood Awareness Quiz

Are you prepared for a flood? Take our quiz and find out just how ready you are.

From DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware Magazine

Learn more about flooding in Delaware and how you can be prepared in Flooding – What You Can Do.

Virtual Flood Insurance Open House Sessions

Join DNREC and FEMA on May 10 for an open house focused on flood awareness in Delaware. Join either of two sessions: one at 10 a.m. and one at 6 p.m.

See a Working Model of a Floodplain

DNREC’s Floodplain Management Program will unveil a working model of a floodplain at the Water Family Fest and Annual Native Plant Sale on Saturday May 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View.

The Enviroscape tabletop model offers a hands-on creative way to demonstrate flooding and floodplain management concepts.

Learn More

The links below offer a wealth of information about flooding and the tools you need to understand your flood risk, to answer your flood insurance questions, to access a new flood insurance policy, or to find out about mitigation assistance resources that may be available to you.

Learn About DNREC’s Role In Flood Risk Management

The DNREC Floodplain Management Program offers information about flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for residents and local officials.

Know Your Flood Risk

The Delaware Flood Planning Tool is a mapping tool to help you understand your flood risk.

Be Prepared for an Emergency

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) offers information on flood emergencies and preparedness. Learn about preparing your household for disasters like floods and hurricanes

Buy Flood Insurance

Standard homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available to property owners and residents through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The FloodSmart website answers questions about flood insurance including: Why you need it? How to get it? How much does it cost? What to do after a flood?

Reduce Your Flood Risk

The Homeowners’ Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards prepared by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program to help homeowners prepare and take action to protect the family and property.


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