PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
Thursday, March 21, 2013
...2013 National Flood Safety Awareness Week…
The National Weather Service continues its annual Flood Safety Awareness Week campaign today
through Friday, March 22nd. This year the National Weather Service is also commemorating the
centennial anniversary of the Great Ohio Valley Flood of 1913 which occurred between March 23 and
27th and was the largest weather disaster in Ohio’s history.
Everyone lives in a flood zone, with their risk of flooding ranging from low to moderate to high.
Floods are four times more likely to occur than a fire. Low hazard flood areas are also at risk, as
25 to 35 percent of all claims each year are paid for property located outside high risk areas.
Through its Flood Hazard Mapping Program, FEMA provides the public with information regarding their
Many homeowners believe if they experience flooding that their insurance will cover the costs, but
most homeowners’ insurance does not protect against flood damage. Just a few inches of water
in a home can cause thousands of dollars in damage.
Homeowners, renters, and business owners are eligible to purchase flood insurance as long as their
community participates in the National Flood Insurance Program. This is a federal program enabling
property owners to purchase insurance protection against losses from flooding. It takes 30 days
after purchase for a policy to take effect, so it is important to buy insurance before floodwaters
start to rise.
If the Ohio Valley were to receive a rainfall event similar to the March 1913 event, would
conditions be better or worse? No matter how high the rivers rise in future floods, citizens today
have advantages not available in 1913. Dozens of local, state, and federal agencies along with the
private sector and academia have worked hard over the last century to reduce flood risk. If the
flood waters come again, citizens have resources and tools available to help them prepare, respond,
It is important that citizens look at the impacts from past floods in their area in order to be
better prepared today. The National Weather Service believes that accurate, up-to-date flood hazard
information is crucial to protect lives and property.
More information about the National Flood Insurance Program can be found at
WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV. Information about FEMA Flood Hazard Mapping can be found at www.ready.gov/floods or www.floodsmart.gov. For more information about
the Great Ohio Valley Flood of 1913 please visit http://mrcc.isws.illinois.edu/1913Flood/.