San Antonio, TX -- Investing in preventative measures that reduce the impacts from the next inevitable disaster is called 'mitigation'. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Division of Emergency Management (DEM), Texas Department of Public Safety are partnering to encourage homeowners, renters and business owners to consider some basic, proven mitigation measures in the aftermath of the recent flooding.
What began as a small handful of counties approximately 60 days ago has grown into a total of 39 Texas counties that are eligible for federal and state assistance of some variety. "As we begin downsizing on-site staff and reducing the presence of FEMA employees, it is critical that residents give consideration to implementing some basic mitigation measures aimed at preventing damage from future flooding," said Federal Coordinating Officer Scott Wells.
- Two very basic measures, especially to those experiencing the flooding
problem for the first time are to:
- Avoid building in a flood plain unless you are prepared to elevate and reinforce your home.
- Discuss the advantages of purchasing an insurance policy from the National Flood Insurance Program with your local insurance agent. Remember, homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage.
The State of Texas is interested in informing residents about mitigation. "We feel that mitigation is something that can be addressed by most homeowners in harms way of potential flooding," said State Coordinating of Officer Duke Mazurek.
- Two additional mitigation measures to consider are to:
- Give consideration to the construction of barriers such as levees, berms and floodwalls to stop floodwater from entering your home.
- Reposition electrical outlets, elevate major appliances, and seal basement walls with waterproofing compounds to prevent seepage through cracks in walls.
Developing a household emergency flooding disaster plan is a prudent mitigation activity.