FEMA’s mitigation and insurance programs cover the whole community, people, organizations, government and businesses. Find out about tools every business owner can use to make their places of business safer for their employees and more resilient to disaster.
The FEMA Building Science Branch develops and produces guidance that focuses on creating disaster-resilient communities to reduce loss of life and property. They conduct post-disaster engineering investigations for both man-made and natural hazard events. They take a lead role in developing publications, guidance materials, tools, technical bulletins and recovery advisories that incorporate the most up-to-date building codes, floodproofing requirements, seismic design standards and wind design requirements for new construction and the repair of existing buildings.
The National Flood Insurance Program - Almost 40 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster because just a few inches of water can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Over the past 5 years (2006-2010), the average commercial flood claim has amounted to just over $85,000. Flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. Find the flood risk for your business now using our One-Step Flood Risk Profile.
Some resources available:
- Building Code Resources
- Catalog of FEMA Earthquake Publications
- Catalog of FEMA Wind, Flood, and Wildfire Publications, Training Courses and Workshops
- Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) reports
- NFIP Technical Bulletins
- Risk Management Series (RMS): Mitigating Manmade Disasters
- Smarter and Stronger: Information and Guidance on Building Safer
- Safe Room Resources
- The FEMA How-To Series: Protect Your Home or Business
Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property's flood risk.
Coverage for your building and contents is available. Talk to your agent today about insuring your business and its contents. Typically, there's a 30-day waiting period from date of purchase before your policy goes into effect. That means now is the best time to buy flood insurance.