Flood mitigation refers to the measures a community takes to correct and prevent flood risks. These efforts generally include zoning, subdivision, rules for building in high-risk areas, and special-purpose floodplain ordinances. A homeowner can minimize flood damage by preparing his or her home and contents for a flood.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducts a Flood Insurance Study (FIS) of a region to identify the community's risk levels. The FIS includes statistical data for river flow, storm tides, rainfall, topographic surveys, as well as hydrologic and hydraulic analyses. After examining the FIS data, FEMA creates a map delineating the different areas of flood risk.
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