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Flood Insurance and Levees
NFIP Claims and Levees: What you need to know

FEMA released a Levees Brochure during the Spring 2011 Floods, explaining NFIP coverage behind levees, for protective measures and the waiting period. This page is copied directly from that brochure and includes a PDF of the original document as an attachment.

Preparing Your Family For a Flood
Family discussion about flood

Talk with your family about any impending disaster. Family support and preparation can be key to successful readiness and future recovery.

Preparing Your Home For a Flood
Flooded home

Your home is one of the largest financial and emotional investments you are likely to make. Advanced planning and preparation can reduce flood damage to your home and belongings in times of disaster.

Preventing Mildew and Decay
The secret to mildew prevention is two words -- clean and dry. The solution to mildew problems is --- disinfect and dry.

Wet Floodproofing
wet floodproofing
The phrase “wet floodproofing” may sound like a contradiction, but it is the label used to refer to a collection of methods intended to reduce damage to a building when flooding occurs. This publication explains how wet floodproofing lets water into the building but protects the structure, contents and building systems independently. (PDF format only)
Using Sandbags for Flood Protection
using sandbags
Sandbags can be used to fill gaps in a permanent flood protection system, to raise an existing levee or to build a complete emergency levee.This publication contains information on filling and stacking sandbags and on using them for short walls and full levees. (PDF Format Only)
Using Panels as Closures in Flood Protection
using panels
Most floodproofing systems have openings that need to be closed and watertight during a flood. A panel closure is any flat, firm sheet material used to block one of these openings.This publication includes information about using panel closures. (PDF format only)
Using Pumps in Flood Protection
using pumps
If you protect a building with a floodwall, sealant, plastic wrap or any other barrier, you will need to pump water during floods. This publication includes information and tips for designing and constructing your flood protection system when using pumps. (PDF format only)
Flood Wraps and Temporary Shields
floodwraps
Plastic sheeting is a versatile flood barrier. Using plastic sheeting in a sandbag levee improves the levee’s performance significantly. This publication includes information on several ways to use plastic sheeting correctly. (PDF format only)
Preventing Back-flow
preventing backflow
In most areas of Louisiana, the sewer system and rain drainage system are separate. It is not unusual, however, for floodwater to infiltrate the sewer system, causing it to back up into homes. This publication includes information explaining how you can use valves, plugs, caps and seepage barriers in flood protection. (PDF format only)
After A Disaster
Aftera Disaster - Lesson Plan for youth Educators sometimes feel unprepared when new students arrive as a result of disaster they experience, and current students sometimes have difficulty feeling empathy for the new transfer students. This lesson plan can be used with groups of youth in junior high and high school who need guidance in dealing with a change in their social environment, i.e., their school, following a disaster or even after positive changes in their life situation.
Shelter - River Center
Unloading supplies
AgCenter employees pitch in at the Baton Rouge River Center, which is housing 6,000 refugees from Hurricane Katrina.
Family Disaster Plan
Family Disaster Plan
All families in Louisiana should have a family disaster plan. This article provides information about developing a disaster plan for your family.
Preparing a Child's Evacuation To-Go Kit
Kids with To Go Kits
Information about preparing a child's evacuation to-go kit in anticipation of a disaster and possible family evacuation. Parents can help their child be a part of the preparation to evacuate prior to an approaching disaster and assemble this critically important material.