National Flood Safety Awareness Week, Day 4

...DAY 4 OF 2010 NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK...

YOUR NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION IN
THE THIRD ANNUAL NATIONAL FLOOD SAFETY AWARENESS WEEK,
MARCH 15TH TO MARCH 19TH...2010.

TODAYS THEME IS FLOOD INSURANCE AND FLOOD RISK. EVERYONE LIVES IN
A FLOOD ONE...WITH THEIR RISK OF FLOOD RANGING FROM LOW...TO
MODERATE...TO HIGH. FLOODS ARE FOUR TIMES MORE LIKELY TO OCCUR THAN
A FIRE. LOW HAZARD FLOOD AREAS ARE ALSO AT RISK...25 TO 35 PERCENT
OF ALL CLAIMS EACH YEAR ARE PAID FOR PROPERTY LOCATED OUTSIDE
HIGH-RISK AREAS.

YOU MAY THINK THAT YOU ARE COVERED FOR FLOOD DAMAGE...BUT MOST
HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE DOES NOT COVER FLOOD DAMAGE AND JUST A FEW
INCHES OF WATER IN A HOME CAN CAUSE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS OF DAMAGE.
HOMEOWNERS...RENTERS...AND BUSINESS OWNERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO PURCHASE
FLOOD INSURANCE AS LONG AS THEIR COMMUNITY PARTICIPATES IN THE
NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM/NFIP/.

THE NFIP IS A FEDERAL PROGRAM ENABLING PROPERTY OWNERS TO PURCHASE
INSURANCE PROTECTION AGAINST LOSSES FROM FLOODING. IT TAKES 30 DAYS
AFTER PURCHASE FOR A POLICY TO TAKE EFFECT...SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO
BUY INSURANCE BEFORE THE FLOODWATERS START TO RISE.  BUY FLOOD
INSURANCE AND STAY PROTECTED NO MATTER WHAT.SEE THE FEDERAL
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY WEB SITE AT ...

      FLOODSMART.GOV

TO GET MORE INFORMATION ON
THE NFIP...ASSESS YOUR FLOOD RISK ON-LINE...OR FIND A NFIP AGENT
CLOSE TO YOU.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT AHPS AND FLOOD SAFETY
AWARENESS WEEK IS AVAILABLE AT:

      www.floodsafety.noaa.gov



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