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Officials Focus on Flood Insurance as Hurricane Season Ramps Up

Release date: 
August 15, 2019
Release Number: 
R3-19-NR-025

PHILADELPHIA – Today, the Federal Emergency Management Agency Region III, in partnership with the State of Delaware, hosted a Delaware Flood Insurance Partners Roundtable Event in Dover, DE. FEMA, the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), Delaware Department of Insurance, and the Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) hosted and coordinated the event to bring together stakeholders from across the state, including the real estate and insurance industries, to discuss increasing flood insurance coverage in Delaware and reducing flood risk in communities. The roundtable event also acknowledged that going into the peak 2019 Atlantic hurricane season serves as a strong reminder that Delaware’s inland and coastal communities should consider purchasing flood insurance and reviewing their policies to make sure they are protected from the effects of storms and flooding.

FEMA’s second roundtable event held in Delaware provided the opportunity for an open dialogue about past flooding events, the risk of future flooding, and the importance of flood insurance for communities across the state. Leadership from DNREC, DEMA, and Delaware Department of Insurance discussed flood risk and how their agencies are tackling the challenges of protecting against that risk across the state. The event also encouraged breakout groups, allowing insurance agents, realtors, local floodplain administrators, and more to ask questions, build relationships, and ultimately understand the importance of flood insurance in the State of Delaware.

“Through our Delaware Flood Planning Tool, engagement with communities, and talking to our partners in the real estate and insurance industries, we are committed to addressing the risk of flooding and taking proactive steps to reduce that risk in Delaware.” - Michael Powell, State National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Coordinator, DNREC. 

“Flood insurance provides the best protection against financial ruin after a flood. Just one inch of water can cause up to $25,000 in damage. As we enter the peak of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, we encourage property owners and communities to consider flood insurance and take steps to protect themselves against the risk of flooding.” – MaryAnn Tierney, Regional Administrator, FEMA Region III.

The NFIP aims to reduce the impact of flooding by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations. Flood insurance provides more funding to residents after a disaster. Unlike other federal aid, making a flood insurance claim does not depend on a federal disaster declaration and residents can receive significantly more in payouts – more than six times that offered to residents through other FEMA disaster assistance in past floods. To learn more about flood insurance coverage available to you, contact your local insurance agent or visit www.FloodSmart.gov.

The 2019 Flood Insurance Roundtables represent FEMA Region III’s close partnerships with states to reduce flood risk and ensure property owners and communities are more resilient to future flooding.

Resources for Property Owners

FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during, and after disasters. FEMA Region III’s jurisdiction includes Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Stay informed of FEMA’s activities online: videos and podcasts are available at fema.gov/medialibrary and youtube.com/fema. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/femaregion3.

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Last Updated: 
August 15, 2019 - 15:50