FEMA Outreach Information

What You Can Do Regarding Floods -
Before a Flood Strikes:
  • Find out if you live or work in a flood-prone area and review the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM) and Farmington’s Floodplain Management Ordinance at the Town Office.
  • Visit the Historical Society to look at records and anecdotal information on past floods
If Your Property is Susceptible to Flooding:
  • Obtain and maintain flood insurance
  • Ensure that all construction is in accordance with the Town of Farmington Floodplain Management Ordinance
  • Raise all utilities and equipment such as the water heater, oil tank, furnace, and electric wiring above the base flood elevation (BFE)
  • Store inventory and supplies in areas above the BFE
  • Know the best evacuation route and teach children how to reach higher ground.
  • Find out where the closest emergency shelter is located
  • Keep emergency supplies on hand, including flashlights and batteries, portable radio, first aid kit and medicines
During a Floodwatch:
  • Listen to local radio and television stations for updates on storm and flood progress
  • Maintain contact with family members, neighbors, and employees
  • Move portable valuables to higher elevations if possible, move outdoor items which could float and increase flood damage to higher elevations
  • Evacuate immediately if instructed
  • Disconnect appropriate utilities to minimize fire damage
  • Avoid walking and driving through flood waters, move to higher ground
Following a Flood:
  • Be aware of potential fire hazards such as downed power lines, flooded electrical circuits and furnaces, and broken or leaking gas lines
  • Look for structural damage to buildings such as cracked foundations and damaged walls, windows, doors, floors and ceilings
  • Assess damage to your building and take pictures
  • Consider whether it is advisable to floodproof your building to reduce future physical, emotional, and loss of business damage
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