Floods: Are You Prepared?

Delaware has the lowest average land elevation in the United States. It is more susceptible to flooding and faces an increased risk from sea level rise. Be prepared. Know your flood risk and how to manage it.

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With Climate Change, and the uncertainty it brings, the saying “Where it rains it can flood” rings even more true. Flooding can impact anyone, whether they live in or out of a mapped floodplain.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that just one inch of flooding can cause up to $25,000 in damage to a home. If you are prepared, and know your flood risk, you can take steps now to lower that risk to your family and property.

Flood Awareness Week

Delaware Governor John Carney has declared the week of May 20 through 24, 2024 as Flood Awareness Week in Delaware.

Take the Flood Awareness Quiz

Are you prepared for a flood? Take our quiz and find out just how ready you are.

From DNREC’s Outdoor Delaware Magazine

Learn more about flooding in Delaware and how you can be prepared in Flooding – What You Can Do.

Flood-related Training Opportunities

No events are currently scheduled

Learn More

The links below offer a wealth of information about flooding and the tools you need to understand your flood risk, to answer your flood insurance questions, to access a new flood insurance policy, or to find out about mitigation assistance resources that may be available to you.

Learn About DNREC’s Role In Flood Risk Management

The DNREC Floodplain Management Program offers information about flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for residents and local officials.

Know Your Flood Risk

The Delaware Flood Planning Tool is a mapping tool to help you understand your flood risk.

Find the Right Adaptation Approach for Your Property

The Individual Adaptation Decision and Planning Tool, I-ADAPT, is designed to help Delaware residents adapt to increased flooding. Users enter information about their property and the tool generates recommendations on how to lower their flood risk. 

Be Prepared for an Emergency

The Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) offers information on flood emergencies and preparedness. Learn about preparing your household for disasters like floods and hurricanes

Buy Flood Insurance

Standard homeowner’s or renter’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Flood insurance is available to property owners and residents through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  The FloodSmart website answers questions about flood insurance including: Why you need it? How to get it? How much does it cost? What to do after a flood?

Reduce Your Flood Risk

The Homeowners’ Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards prepared by the Delaware Sea Grant College Program to help homeowners prepare and take action to protect the family and property.

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