Be Prepared: Buy Flood Insurance Now

Water rushes into a basement in Fairfax County during Tropical Storm Lee.

Water rushes into a basement in Fairfax County during Tropical Storm Lee.

The best time to buy flood insurance is right now. Homeowners’ insurance policies normally do not cover damage from flooding.

A few inches of flood water in a home or business may cause major damage to floors, walls, carpets and furniture.

Fairfax County assists residents by participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). This allows residential and commercial property owners and renters to purchase flood insurance at discounted rates. The program is backed by the federal government.

It is not commonly known that flood insurance benefits from the National Flood Insurance Program are paid even when a federal disaster has not been declared. Anyone may purchase flood insurance no matter where their property is located.

To learn more about the National Flood Insurance Program visit the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) Web site at http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/ or call Fairfax County at 703-324-5500 TTY 711. FEMA can be reached toll free at 1-888-379-9531.

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Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.
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