WASHINGTON (Federal Emergency Management Agency) – Floods are the most common, costly and deadly natural disaster Americans face each year, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In fact, the agency said 90 percent of all natural disasters in the nation involve flooding.

For Flood Safety Awareness Week, which runs from March 16th through the 20th, FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) have partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and National Weather Service (NWS) to demonstrate flood risks across the country and provide information about steps people can take to protect themselves.

NOAA and NFIP have developed an online interactive map with historical information about how floods have impacted millions of Americans in recent years. The site also provides tools and resources for understanding flood risk and knowing what to do before, during and after a flood.

To learn more about Flood Safety Awareness Week and to use these resources, visit www.floodsmart.gov.