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DC Flood Awareness Week

Mayor Muriel Bowser declared June 21-25, 2021 as "DC Flood Awareness Week." Click here to read the full Mayoral Proclamation.

Flooding is the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. Severe weather and flooding can happen at any time and the District has historically experienced significant flooding. It is critical that District residents stay alert and prepare for flooding. Join us for the District's first-annual Flood Awareness week, which consists of five days of programming to help District residents become more prepared for and resilient against flooding. 

What is Flood Awareness Week? District Flood Awareness Week seeks to improve public knowledge of flooding and the potential threats for homeowners and renters. The campaign aims to empower District residents and business owners to mitigate their exposure to potential flooding through improved readiness and education. 

Schedule at a Glance

Topic/Theme

Date

Time

An Introduction to Flooding in the District

June 21

6:30 pm

The History of Flooding in the District

June 23

6:30 pm

An Ounce of Prevention: Flood Barrier Technologies

June 24

10:00 am

Get Covered: Flood Insurance - Do You Need It?

June 24

4:00 pm

DC Water Community Pop Up Event

June 25

10:00 am

Day of Action: Be Aware and Be Prepared!

June 25

All day

 

Monday, June 21 | An Introduction to Flooding in the District | 6:30 p.m.

This is a virtual event. There are two ways you can attend:

  1. RSVP here to attend on Eventbrite
  2. Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 | Access code: 172 203 4082

Flooding can happen in many ways and often without warning! To kickoff DC Flood Awareness Week, we’ll provide an overview of flooding in the District and how you can know if your home or business might be at risk. A representative from the National Weather service will discuss the different types of flooding that can occur, how flood forecasting works, and how the public can learn about potential flood events.

The second part of this presentation will help District residents learn more about their flood risk and how to protect themselves. The session will introduce two tools: ReadyDC, and the District’s Flood Risk Viewer. Residents will leave the session with a better understanding of the unique climate and topography of the District and what parts of the city are more likely to flood due to their proximity to streams, rivers, and other permanent water elements.

RSVP today and learn more at ready.dc.gov/flood.

 

Wednesday, June 23 | The History of Flooding in the District | 6:30 p.m.

This is a virtual event. There are two ways you can attend:

  1. RSVP here to attend on Eventbrite
  2. Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 | Access code: 172 707 6383

Dive into District of Columbia’s long history of flooding. We will explore how the District’s waterways have been transformed over the last 200 years by land use decisions, infill development, and urbanization. Specifically, the presentation will introduce “Uncovering The History of the District’s Buried Streams” - a new story map from the Department of Energy & Environment.

The presentation will also examine past flooding events through historic photos and flood maps.

RSVP today and know your property’s flood risk: dcfloodrisk.org.

 

Thursday, June 24 |  An Ounce of Prevention: Flood Barrier Technologies | 10:00 a.m.

This is a virtual event. There are two ways you can attend:

  1. RSVP here to attend on Eventbrite
  2. Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 | Access code: 172 308 9284

Flooding is a real threat especially in low-lying areas of the District. By designing buildings and neighborhood defenses District residents can still live, play, and work along our city’s beautiful waterways. Fortunately, there are many different technologies that can be deployed. Join us as we learn more about different engineering solutions that are being deployed at public and private properties throughout the District to hold back flood waters!

RSVP today and check out business preparedness resources at ready.dc.gov/business.

 

Thursday, June 24 | Get Covered: Flood Insurance - Do You Need It? | 4:00 p.m.

This is a virtual event. There are two ways you can attend:

  1. Click here to join WebEx session
  2. Join by phone: 1-650-479-3208 | Access code: 172 179 7613

Flooding can happen when you least expect it! One out of every three people who received assistance for flooding live in areas that were thought to have moderate to low flood risk. And it can be expensive! According to the National Flood Insurance Program, one foot of flood water can cause over $27,000 of damage to the average 1,000-square-foot home! Yet most homeowners or renter’s insurance policies DO NOT cover flood damage.

Learn how to protect your residence in the event of a flood! Join us for an informative flood insurance forum lead by the District’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB). This session will cover everything from homeowner and renter policies to agency resources and complaint processes available.

RSVP today and learn why you should buy flood insurance: floodsmart.gov.

 

 

Friday, June 25 | DC Water Community Pop Up Event | 10:00 a.m.

DC Water is marking DC Flood Awareness Week with a community pop-up event at the Riggs LaSalle Recreation Center (501 Riggs Rd NE, Washington, DC 20011) in Ward 4, which has historically experienced flooding issues during rainstorms. From 10:00AM to 12:00PM DC Water's outreach team will be sharing important information related to flooding as well as discussing their Backwater Valve Rebate Program. There will also be giveaways, music, and a special guest appearance by DC Water's beloved mascot, Wendy.

 

Friday, June 25 | Day of Action: Be Aware and Be Prepared! | All Day

For the final day of DC Flood Awareness Week, we’re calling District residents to action to ensure they stay aware of any potential flooding and stay prepared for when that times comes! Throughout the day DOEE and HSEMA will be sharing the best ways residents can stay aware and prepared with the hashtag #DCFloodWeek on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Share with us! Join us online and share how YOU stay aware or stay prepared by using also using the hashtag #DCFloodWeek

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/dcfloodweek

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/dcfloodweek/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DCFloodWeek

Stay Aware!
Sign up for Alert DC | alertdc.dc.gov

AlertDC is the official District of Columbia communications system allowing you to pick the type of emergency alerts, notifications, and updates directly from the District of Columbia's public safety officials. AlertDC allows you to pick and choose what kind of notifications you want to receive (public safety, power/water utility outages, city government delays/ closings etc.) and the location specific neighborhood(s) of interest to you - your child's school, your office, or your favorite hangout.

Download the HSEMA App | hsema.dc.gov/mobileapp | Apple App Store | Google Play Store

The DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) App allows you to have important information at your fingertips before, during, and after and emergency or disaster. When you know where to get information, have the right supplies, and have a plan for you, your loved ones, and your pets, you can protect yourself.

Stay Prepared! 
Make a plan with ReadyDC | ready.dc.gov

ReadyDC is a preparedness campaign with the goal of ensuring the District is prepared to meet a variety of hazards including manmade and natural disasters. By helping help residents and business owners plan for the unexpected, ReadyDC aims to make all 8 wards better prepared and more resilient.

Additional Flooding Resources

Contact:

Joshua Schnitzlein | [email protected]
National Flood Insurance Program Coordinator
Department of Energy & Environment
Government of the District of Columbia

Vermecia Alsop | [email protected]
DC Hazard Mitigation Officer
DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency
Government of the District of Columbia