1. Know your flood hazard

        Are you located in Zone A, AE or X?



2. Insure your property for your flood hazard

You need flood insurance / The NFIP's Preferred Risk Policy, or PRP offers low-cost flood insurance to owners and tenants of eligible residential and non-residential buildings located in moderate-to low-risk areas / Renters should buy flood insurance to cover their contents / Take advantage of a low-cost Preferred Risk Policy.  Standard home owner policies do not cover flood damage.



3. Protect people from the hazard


        Know the flood warning signals

        Designate a place where your family can meet after an evacuation order is issued

        Prepare a family disaster kit

        More information is available at 



4. Protect your property from the hazard

        Replace your flooded furnace with one elevated above the flood level

        Keep debris and trash out of the steams and ditches

        Do not burn leaves in ditches



5. Build responsibly

        Get a permit from City Hall before you build

        Elevation Certificates are required when construction is within the floodplain area

All projects should be at least 10 feet from the property line so you don't alter the drainage between homes.



6. Protect natural floodplain functions

        Don't dump in the storm drains

        Report illegal dumping

        Report silt fence that are broken, debris will end up in the drainage canals


Find out by calling Denise Sullivan at 912-748-0970. Everyone is subject to flooding! Floodplain information is also available at the Chatham County Regional Library.  Elevation Certificates are maintained in the City Clerk's office and available upon request.