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Flood Safety Series: Protecting Your Property

Keegan Wetzel | Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Be aware of your property being in or near a Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) explains that SFHA zones are areas of land where there is a high risk for flooding. Fairfax County is one of these areas, but despite the flood risks they are largely beneficial to the local environment and wildlife. Home-Insurance-Flooding

Flooding can be quite an alarming natural occurrence, and often times the dangers that accompany a flood are not recognized until it is too late when considerable damage is already done. Depending on the severity of a flood, there are several preventative measures you can take to protect your building from potential damages.

Recommendations by FEMA for protecting your building from flood damage include:

  • Raising the levels of the land around the building, re-grading, to make it so excessive water drains away from the building.
  • Completely raise the house above flood levels; allowing flood waters to pass under the building and cause less damage.
  • Install storm-grade doors, shutters, and windows, along with watertight enclosures for entrances.

It is important to keep in mind that for land alterations, like re-grading, a permit is necessary which can be acquired from local land development services in your area.

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