Carol Drive crossing over Fishkill Creek in Hopewell Junction, New York after Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011
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Flood Recovery

General Flood Information

Floods - The national eXtension website has compiled resources from Extension offices around the country on ways to prepare, respond to and recover from flooding emergencies, at:, a FEMA website, includes resources on flooding including what to do before, during and after a flood, general information on flood insurance and links to - the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program, interactive toolds to assess potential flooding costs and your flood risk scenarios, FEMA training programs to encourage flood safety, and flood outreach education materials, and additional links, at:

"Preventing Flood Damage" - These pages on the Louisiana State University website include preparations you can make to prevent damage in future floods, videos and printed information on flood proofing techniques such as sandbagging and inflatable barriers, suggestions for how to raise and protect your appliances, and more.

Cornell University's Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has compiled extensive information on how to respond during emergencies on topics such as: Agrosecurity/Food Safety, Animals in Emergencies, Family Matters, Fire, Hazardous Materials, Homeland & Personal Security, Infectious Diseases, Natural & Weather Related Disasters, Power Outages, Radiological Incidents and more.

"First Steps to Flood Recovery" is a resource from Purdue University EDEN that provides answers to specific questions on disaster recovery; how to help yourself and your family, people with disabilities, pets and livestock; when to re-enter buildings; damaged food and drinking water issues; how to salvage photos, keepsakes and furniture; large electrical appliances; carpeting and flooring; wallboard and insulation; contacting your insurance company, and government/community support.

"Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit"from the University of Minnesota Cooperative Extension covers strategies and tools to help you move toward financial recovery after a disaster. The toolkit is designed so either individual units or the entire toolkit can be used as needed, and it includes units that help you consider your housing options as a homeowner or a renter.

More Resources

For additional information, visit our pages in this section on Water & Septic Issues and Food & Water in Emergencies.

Last updated October 20, 2020