DENTON, Texas ––New flood maps for Grant Parish will become effective June 16, 2016. Parish residents are encouraged to view the maps before the effective date to understand their flood risk.
Most property insurance policies do not cover the effects of flooding. People without flood insurance risk uninsured losses to their homes, personal property and businesses. Flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in the U.S. and only flood insurance covers these events. The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is a voluntary program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
“What’s the first step in preparing for flooding? Finding out about your risk,” said Acting FEMA Region 6 Administrator Moises Dugan. “Everyone needs to prepare for the risks and hazards in their communities.”
Contact your local floodplain administrator to learn if your community participates in the NFIP. You can also review the new flood maps at the parish floodplain administrator’s office. FEMA map specialists and flood insurance experts also are available to answer your questions. They can be reached by phone and online chat.
To view a Preliminary Interactive Flood Map: http://maps.riskmap6.com/LA/Grant
To use the live chat service, visit http://go.usa.gov/r6C. Click on the “Live Chat” icon.
To contact a FEMA Map Specialist, call 1-877-FEMA MAP (1-877-336-2627) or send an email to FEMAMapSpecialist@riskmapcds.com.
NFIP Helpline – 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), press “2” for Flood Insurance questions
FEMA encourages non-participating communities to look at the benefits of joining the NFIP.
Has your property has been newly mapped into a Special Flood Hazard Area? If so, you may want to consider buying flood insurance before the maps become effective. Contacting a local insurance agent is the first step in getting information about insurance. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or call 1-888-379-9531 to locate an agent in your area.
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