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Prince George’s County offers flood awareness tips to “Be Flood Smart”

For immediate release:
June 30, 2023
For more information, contact:
Brittani Garner, Public Information
Officer Department of the Environment
(301) 883-5985; bgarner@co.pg.md.us

Residents and businesses are encouraged to make a flood plan



LARGO, MD. –  June marked the beginning of hurricane season, and severe weather conditions can cause flooding, threaten lives, and damage property. Your Department of the Environment (DoE) wants to help County residents and business owners protect their homes, buildings, and personal belongings if flooding occurs and to be flood ready, flood smart, and flood safe.  
 
The best time to make a flood plan is now. DoE offers flood prevention tips and information and a Flood Awareness poster that provides information on what causes flooding and how to prevent and protect homes and businesses in the case of a flood. View a copy of the proclamation issued by County Executive Angela Alsobrooks recognizing June as Flood Awareness Month.
Other flood management resources are available on the Department of Homeland Security website to help residents prepare and provide guidance on making a flood plan. It also includes information on flood insurance premiums, on which County residents can save up to 25 percent. Another resource, Alert Prince George’s, is a text message notification service that advises subscribers in the event of significant flooding. 
Residents can implement grassroots solutions to prevent and alleviate flooding and should follow these safety tips to know what to do when encountering flooding:
Residents are encouraged to adopt and clean a local stream.
Stencil storm drains with ‘Don’t Dump’ reminders.
Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
If flash flooding is possible, move immediately to higher ground.
If floodwaters rise around your car, but the water is not moving, abandon the car and drive to higher ground. Do not leave the vehicle if you enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.  

For more information on insurance rates and tips, visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Risks and Costs web page. 
The County also participates in FEMA’s Community Rating System (CRS) Program. CRS stresses the importance of informing residents of flood hazards and reducing flood risks. The County developed a draft 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan that is being reviewed. This Plan updates the 2017 Prince George’s County and City of Laurel Hazard Mitigation Plan with current flood risk information and measures to mitigate the risk. 
Visit DoE’s Flood Management page or contact PGC311 for more information.
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