"For every $1 spent on mitigation, $6 are saved from future losses"
- National Institute of Building Services (source)
Reducing Flood Loss
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a comprehensive and detailed booklet called Protecting Your Home and Property From Flood Damage (PDF), that includes useful information on property cleanup, selecting a contractor, repair tips for a flood-damaged property, and mitigation suggestions and diagrams to flood-proof your home. FEMA also offers a Mitigation Fact Sheet.
Useful Tips to Protect Your Property
- Assess your property for flood risk. If you want to place sandbags in flood-prone areas around your property, the City has sandbags and fill material available to you. Check to see if you have flood insurance (homeowner policies seldom cover flood events). Property owners and renters can get flood insurance. Coverage may be obtained through local insurance agents familiar with flood insurance, or an agent may be located on the web, or through National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) at 888-379-9531.
- Do not dump trash, limbs, leaves or other debris into drainage channels whether they are dry or flowing.
- Keep all drainages and creeks on your property free of limbs and debris.
- Report clogged drainage channels, creeks, or storm drains to the Public Works Department as soon as possible.
- Take a look at what the Public Works Stormwater Division does for you: Drainage System Maintenance Standard Operating Procedures (PDF).
Is My Property At Risk?
- Is your property located near a body of water?
- Have you experienced damage from flooding in the past?
- Has water entered your property during a flood?
- Do you have a basement?
- Are there critical utilities located in your basement or crawlspace?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, consider applying flood mitigation strategies to your property.
All residents and property owners in the community are subject to wildfire risk and can take simple steps to reduce their risk. The City’s wildfire mitigation strategy includes wildfire mitigation standards for most new development, educational guidance, and ongoing efforts to manage vegetative fuels. The City’s wildfire mitigation standards are defined in Zoning Code Section 18.10.070. The City’s Fire Department staff is available to conduct site assessments for any property owners to assess their wildfire vulnerability and provide recommendations to reduce risk.