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Flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. Floods can happen anywhere, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and can occur during any season. Even the deserts of the Southwest are at risk during the late summer monsoon season. However, some areas of the country are at greater risk at certain times of the year.

Only an inch of flooding can cause catastrophic damage to homes and businesses, ruining flooring and wallboards, as well as family treasures. Severe flooding can ruin communities and cause significant loss of life from high waters, as well as from electrical shock and contaminated waters.

The International Codes, and specifically the International Residential Code (IRC) ensure homes are properly constructed to prevent against the worst of flood damage. The Code Council, FEMA and the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offer resources to help communities prepare for floods and stay safe during cleanup as well.


Video Course: IRC Flood Provisions Part 1

Video Course: IRC Flood Provisions Part 2

Reducing Flood Losses Through the International Codes: Coordinating Building Codes and Floodplain Management Regulations, (Updated for 2018 I-Codes)

International Code Council: Flood Cleanup (Safety and Salvaging) 

International Code Council: Safety First Disaster Preparedness (Tips for Your Home and Family) 

International Code Council: Mold: Tips on Prevention and Control Brochure (set of 25)


How to prepare for a flood 

What to do after a flood                                                                                                   

Protect Your Property from Flooding                                                                 

Cleaning Flooded Building Fact Sheet      

Rebuilding Your Flood Damaged House     

Elevating Floodprone Buildings Above Minimum NFIP Requirements

Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP)                                                 

Designing for Flood Levels above the BFE after Hurricane Sandy                            

Flood Hazard Mapping Updates Overview Fact Sheet                                    

Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards 

Homeowner's Guide to Retrofitting

Protecting Building Utility Systems from Flood Damage                                                                            

Free Building Code Resources for all hazards   

Building in Higher Flood Zones: Freeboard – Reduce Your Risk, Reduce Your Premium

What is Freeboard? Raise your home, Lower your monthly payment

Reducing Losses through Higher Regulatory Standards


FEMA Flood Insurance

The National Flood Insurance Program

National Flood Insurance Program Community Rating System

Flood Insurance Claims Handbook                                                                                                                                         

What to Do After the Flood - Information for NFIP Policyholders

NFIP Technical Bulletins

FEMA Building Science Publications: Flood



Flood Safety

Floods BFE: Know your base Flood Elevation

Floods: Flood proofing-wet                                        


Other Links                                                                                                                                                   

American Red Cross: Flood Safety Checklist 

American Red Cross: Repairing Your Flooded Home 

National Weather Service: Flood Safety Tips and Resources                         

The 9 Worst Things you can do during a flood emergency 

Polygon: Essential Guide to Flood Planning and Preparation