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Floods are the most common and costly natural hazard in the nation. While some floods develop over time, flash floods—particularly common after wildfires—can occur within minutes after the onset of a rainstorm. Even areas that are not traditionally flood-prone are at risk, due to changes to the landscape caused by fire. Residents need to protect their homes and assets with flood insurance now—before a weather event occurs and it’s too late.
People are at greater risk of flooding due to recent wildfires that burned in their area. Flood risk remains a significant risk for up to five years after a wildfire.
Reduce your risk and the risk of your community by sharing Flood after the Fire messaging from FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program. The most important messages are:
Use the communication resources below to prepare for Flood after the Fire