A project of the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery
PREPARE FOR WHAT'S NEXT
One of the most important things you can do as a homeowner or renter to protect yourself from losses is to have adequate insurance, including flood insurance if your home is situated in an at-risk area.
In a fire-affected landscape, it's important to know the risk of flooding to your home and property based on proximity to creeks, waterways, steep slopes, coulees and canyons.The loss of vegetation and potentially heavily burned soil greatly increases the risk of flooding and debris flows.
Because one needs to have purchased flood insurance at least 30 days in advance in order to receive coverage, waiting waiting until a fire burns through your area might be too risky. Flash flooding could occur immediately following a fire, leaving you unprotected.
How Do I Get Flood Insurance?
In 1968, Congress created the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to help provide a means for property owners to financially protect themselves. The NFIP offers flood insurance to homeowners, renters, and business owners if their community participates in the NFIP. The Methow Valley area is a part of a participating community.
Take Personal Precautions in Case of Flooding