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Disaster Mitigation Resources

The resources on this page provide risk reduction, disaster recovery and flood insurance information to those interested in learning how to prepare for future flooding events.

Before, During & After a Flood

  • Learn how to create a family emergency plan for a flood.
  • Learn what items to include in your emergency supply kit to keep you and your family safe.
  • Read safety tips on what to do before, during and after a flood. 
  • How to Prepare for a Flood explains how to protect yourself and your property, and details the steps to take now so that you can act quickly when you, your home, or your business is in danger.
  • Check out our Flood Fact Sheet on knowing your risk, preparing your home and steps to take after a flood.

Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) aims to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. These efforts help mitigate the effects of flooding on new and improved structures. Overall, the program reduces the socio-economic impact of disasters by promoting the purchase and retention of general risk insurance, but also of flood insurance, specifically. For more information, visit

Why Buy Flood Insurance
No home is completely safe from potential flooding. Flood insurance can be the difference between recovering and being financially devastated. Floods can happen anywhere--More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone. Check out The Big Cost of Flooding.
You may also want to get the facts about the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in the brochure, Myths and Facts about the NFIP.

How Do I File My Flood Insurance Claim?

Important information on what you need to know about filing a flood insurance claim, tips on what you can do and need to know before your flood insurance adjuster visits your property and the other visitors you can expect at your property.

 Checks for building property are made out to the mortgage holder’s name.
This graphic walks through the process of filing a flood insurance claim. It addresses what to expect when the adjuster visits, submitting the proof of loss, and other concerns a homeowner might have. This is version 3.0 of this infographic. Download Original

Additional Flood Claim Resources

Resources for Insurance Agents

Flood Damage Reduction- DIY

Mitigation is the effort to reduce the loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. Stated plainly, mitigation can keep natural hazards, like flooding and hurricanes, from having catastrophic impacts.

Mitigation reduces a property’s risk to future events and allows residents to return home more quickly, with less damage, after an event. While it may involve a larger initial investment, mitigation pays off in the long run. In fact, estimates indicate that on average, for every $1 spent on mitigation, $4 are saved from future losses.

The benefits of flood mitigation go beyond dollars and cents. The Economist Intelligence Unit found that investment to make homes and infrastructure more flood-proof returns positive economic, environmental, and social benefits for communities.

There are a wide range of options for protecting your home from flood and events through mitigation. Most of these actions, especially those that affect the structure of your building or their utility systems, should be carried out by qualified maintenance staff or professional contractors licensed to work in your state, county, or city. One example of flood protection is using flood-resistant construction materials.

  • Check out these flood fact sheets on specific ways you can mitigate and protect your property from flooding.
  • Learn more about low-cost projects you can do yourself to protect your home from flooding.

A FEMA graphic explaining five things people can do in order to reduce their flood risk.
A FEMA graphic explaining five things people can do in order to reduce their flood risk. Download Original

Disaster Assistance

Immediate Needs

Our disaster assistance partners can provide help with immediate needs FEMA is not authorized to provide.

Federally Declared Disaster

FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster. If you're ready to apply now for disaster assistance or would like more information on the types of assistance available please visit  Not sure if you are in an area declared for disaster assistance?  Visit and enter your address to find out if your area is declared for Individual Assistance.

Community Education and Outreach Publication List

Flood Insurance

Mitigation Techniques

Resources for State, Local Officials and insurance Agents

Additional Resources

  • Visit The Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Water page for general information on state-specific regulatory information, floodway permitting guidance and application, an online research center and the Indiana Floodplain Information Portal.
  • Visit our Indiana Disaster Webpage’s “Mitigation Outreach in Indiana Home Improvement Stores” to locate a FEMA specialist near you and learn home improvement tips along with proven methods to prevent or reduce damage from future disasters.

Two women wearing blue FEMA shirts stand behind a table filled with pamphlets describing ways disaster survivors can rebuild following the February flooding in 2018 in Indiana.
June 4, 2018, Madison, Ind.- FEMA staff set up an info booth at a local home improvement store to educate homeowners on ways they can rebuild safer and stronger after the February 2018 flood in Indiana. Credit Meghan Luke/FEMA Download Original







Last Updated: 
07/27/2018 - 09:19