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Guard Against Future Damage with Home Elevations; FEMA Can Help

Release date: 
December 13, 2012
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WINDSOR, Conn. — Hurricane Sandy survivors along Connecticut’s coast are asking an important question: How can I protect my home from future flooding?

One of the most effective methods is for them to elevate their home.

“Elevation may be one of the best ways to protect your home, your family and your possessions,” said FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Albert Lewis. “Home elevation isn’t simple or cheap, but it is extremely effective.”

The advantages of elevating homes include:

  • Reducing the flood risk to the house and its contents;
  • Eliminating the need to move vulnerable contents to areas above the water level during a flood;
  • Reducing the physical, financial and emotional strain that accompanies floods;
  • Providing additional parking and storage space at home; and
  • Decreasing flood insurance premiums by reducing the risk to a property.

Through the National Flood Insurance Program, local communities enact and enforce floodplain management regulations. Flood survivors should check on local code requirements before repairing or elevating their homes.

To get an idea of how home elevations are accomplished, view the following videos on FEMA’s website:

Related online FEMA publications include:

“Above the Flood: Elevating Your Flood Prone House”

“Protecting Your Home and Property from Flood Damage”

Homeowners also can get technical assistance by calling FEMA's building science helpline at 866-927-2104 or submitting questions by email to

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362. For TTY, call 800-462-7585.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

Last Updated: 
January 3, 2018 - 12:10