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FEMA hosting Flood Risk Open House

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Representatives from the United States Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, will host a Flood Risk Information Open House, from 4-7 p.m., Tuesday, at the Clay County Courthouse Rotunda.

The open house will provide Clay County residents with an opportunity to review a recently completed preliminary Flood Insurance Study (FIS) and its accompanying preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs).

The FIS and the FIRMs provide base flood information, delineate areas subject to significant flood hazards within the county, and offer information public officials may use when permitting development in the floodplain.

The open house will be staffed with representatives from various local, state and federal agencies who will provide the most current information about flood risk, flood insurance, floodplain development regulations and the process for floodplain mapping within Clay County.

The newly prepared preliminary floodplain maps will be on display. Once the maps become effective, these maps will be used by floodplain permit officials, builders and developers, lenders, realtors, insurance agents and the general public to determine flood risk, develop mitigation measures and encourage wise and responsible risk management decision making.

Property owners, realtors, lenders and insurance agents are urged to attend and take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about flood risk and hazard mitigation within the community.

For more information, call John Devine, Program Specialist, at 312-408-5567, or Marge Dworak, Outreach Specialist, at 312-408-5527.

FEMA leads the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery and mitigation to reduce the loss of life and property and support a culture of readiness for all hazards, including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other major incidents.

Are you at risk?

The following information was provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):

* Devastating floods occur throughout the United States every year, causing more than $2 billion in damage,

* You have a 26 percent chance of experiencing a flood during the life of a 30-year mortgage compared to a 9 percent chance of a fire,

* Floods and flash floods occur in all 50 states, and

* Losses due to flooding are not covered under most homeowners or business policies.

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