FEMA Flood Information: Flood Protection Messages

Raul M. Rojas, Director, Public Works

Contact Information

Public Works
Land Development Counter

Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308
San Rafael, CA 94901
Phone: (415) 473-3755
TTY: (415) 473-3232
Email: DPWLandDevEngineer

The County of Marin administers the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood insurance program in unincorporated areas of Marin County. For information on flood insurance within the limits of any Marin Communities, please contact them directly.

 

Topic 1 – Know Your Flood Hazard

Message 1: Your property may be subject to flooding.

Check Marin Map or visit the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308 and see our trained professionals in Land Development.

Message 2: Do you know if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard Area?

Check Marin Map or visit the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308 and see our trained professionals in Land Development.

Message 3: New FEMA flood insurance rate maps are available.

Has your property's flood zone changed? Check Marin Map or visit the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308 and see our trained professionals in Land Development.

Message 4: Floods can happen anytime, anywhere.

To learn more visit FloodSmart.gov. Learn more about the Marin County Watershed Program. Visit www.marinwatersheds.org.

Message 5: Everyone lives in a flood zone.

Many people think that if they do not live near a river or the coast, they are not in danger of flooding - not true. Heavy rain can cause serious flood damage. Everyone lives in an area of potential flooding and most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

Topic 2 – Insure Your Property for Your Flood Hazard

Message 1: Flood insurance is mandatory if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard area and you have a federally backed loan.

Check Marin Map or visit the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308 and talk to our trained professionals in Land Development to see if your property is in a Special Flood Hazard area. Then visit FloodSmart.gov for insurance options.

Message 2: Homeowners should buy flood insurance for homes and contents.

Take advantage of a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy. Visit FloodSmart.gov.

Message 3: Renters should buy flood insurance for their contents.

Take advantage of a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy. Visit FloodSmart.gov.

Message 4: Your homeowners insurance does not cover floods.

Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Most homeowners insurance does not cover 'rising waters' or flooding. Purchasing flood insurance is the best way to protect yourself from devastating financial loss. FloodSmart.gov.

Message 5: Flood insurance is easy to get.

Flood insurance is available to homeowners, renters, condo owners/renters, and commercial owners/renters. Costs vary depending on how much insurance is purchased, what it covers and the property's flood risk. FloodSmart.gov.

Topic 3 – Protect People From The Hazard

Message 1: Turn around, don’t drown

Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other severe weather related hazard. The Centers for Disease Control report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. Turn Around Don't Drown.

Message 2: Know the flood warning signals

Learn about the Marin County Office of Emergency Services Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS). Register at http://www.alertmarin.org to get the emergency call, text and email.

Message 3: Designate a place where your family can rendezvous after an evacuation order is issued.

Message 4: Designate an out-of-state contact person to call when an emergency arises.

Let them know that you are safe and ask them to pass that information on to other family members and friends.

Message 5: Know your evacuation route.

Check in with Marin County Sheriff during an emergency to discover the evacuation route available to you.

Message 6: Teach your children about flooding.

Introduce your kids to Weather Whiz Kids for some weather information for kids.

Message 7: Be sure you are registered to get the emergency call, text or email.

Emergency officials use the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) to deliver incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instruction to precise geographic areas affected. To learn more visit Marin County Sheriff.

Message 8: Does your family have an emergency plan?

Make a disaster preparedness plan. Visit Red Cross, Home Family Plan. Create your own family emergency plan. Visit Family Emergency Plan.

Message 9: What do you need in your survival kit?

Visit Red Cross - Get a Survival Kit

Topic 4 – Protect Your Property From The Hazard

Message 1: Reduce the impact of flooding; elevate your furnace, water heater and electric panel above the flood level.

Visit the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308 and see our trained professionals in Land Development.

Message 2: Keep debris and trash out of streams and ditches.

Message 3:  Keep gutters clear of leaves and debris.

Topic 5 – Build Responsibly

Message 1: Get a permit before you build.

Visit the Public Permit Counter Office at the Marin County Civic Center, Room 308. For online information, visit the Community Development Agency Planning Applications and Permits website.

Message 2: Know the substantial damage rules.

For substantially damaged guidelines see NFIP Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage: Requirements and Definitions.

Message 3: Know the requirement for building in the floodplain.

Check out the Marin County Code 23.09 on Floodplain Management.

Topic 6 – Protect Natural Floodplain Functions

Message 1: Don’t dump in the storm drains; they drain to the bay.

Learn how to protect our bay. Visit the MCSTOPPP website.

Message 2: Use appropriate erosion and sediment control measures and keep them in good working order.

Learn about Marin County’s erosion and sediment control program. Visit the MCSTOPPP website for information.