Share Your Flood Decisions!

Every day, we are faced with decisions about our quality of living. We choose the communities we want to live in, we seek our ideal homes, we buy vehicles that suit our lifestyles, we figure out how to protect ourselves from risk, and countless other decisions in between.

In extraordinary situations, we may be faced with decisions that require quick choices based on limited information. In a flooding situation, we struggle with whether or not to evacuate, we balance staying safe with ensuring we can access and help those who are dear to us, we make hard choices about which valuables to protect and what we are willing to lose, and we might need to weigh the benefits of rebuilding our homes versus establishing new lives in new places.

While flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the U.S., only 14 percent of American homeowners have a flood insurance policy (Insurance Information Institute, 2015). According to the National Weather Service, 176 fatalities occurred in 2015 due to flooding--an increase of just over 100 percent from the 10-year average of 82 deaths per year. The majority of these deaths occurred in vehicles (64 percent), while the second most common cause of fatalities was wading in water (14 percent).

DHS S&T wants to see these statistics change. Tell us about your decisionmaking process by answering the following questions (it shouldn't take you more than 10 minutes!). With a better understanding of what you're up against and what you need, DHS S&T, its partners, and our communities can make a difference.

Additionally, feel free to submit a post on this page if you'd like to tell us even more! Just click the "Submit a Post" button at the top right of the page. Thank you!

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