Location: Director: Hours: Contact:
City Hall
701 N 7th St, Suite 423
Kansas City, KS
Gunnar Hand, AICP Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM
P: (913) 573-5750 F: (913) 573-5796 E: Email
 Protect Your Property from Flooding 
Floods are a common hazard in the United States no matter where you live. Some develop slowly, while others such as flash floods, can develop quickly without visible signs of rain. Floods can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community (especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam), or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states. Floodplains are home to (10) million households.

In an average year, floods kill (150) people and cause over $3 billion in property damage. National average annual flood losses continue to increase. The majority of flood-related deaths are caused by people in a hurry to get to safety and attempting to drive through moving water. Find out if roads are closed due to flooding at the Kansas Department of Transportation. Stay apprised of severe weather warnings and flash flooding using the National Weather Service Radar Map.  
Protecting your property from flooding can involve a variety of actions, from inspecting and maintaining the building to installing protective devices. Most of these actions, especially those that affect the structure of your building or their utility systems, should be carried out by qualified maintenance staff or professional contractors licensed to work in your state, county, or city. One example of flood protection is using flood-resistant construction materials.  
Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage
Install Sewer Backflow Valves
Anchor Fuel Tanks
Raise Electrical System Components
Building with Flood Damage Resistant Materials

Flood Insurance for your Property

An inch of water can cause costly damage to your property. Flash flooding usually causes more damage to a building's contents than damage to the building itself. You'll want to think about coverage for your personal property items as well as the structure of your building. Your personal belongings help make your house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, or co-op unit a home. You don't want to risk losing them in the event of a flood.

The UG participated in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) which is a program administered by FEMA and provides discounted flood insurance to our community.  It is sold by most insurance companies. Your local agent can help you get coverage.  You should also review the limits and exclusions of the policy carefully with your agent...More

Note: there is a waiting period before your flood insurance coverage becomes effective: 
The standard waiting period for a Flood Insurance Policy to go into effect is (30) days from the application and premium payment date. One exception to this rule occurs when Flood Insurance is required for a mortgage loan, in which case the effective date for Flood Insurance coverage is the loan closing date.

Insurance Information

Cost-Saving Flood Insurance Options
FEMA Community Fact Sheet
Flood Smart

Hotline: (913) 573-8664   |   Email

Additional Flood Safety Information

Complete Guide to Flood Safety and Preparedness
Flood Safety Tips ( Consejos de Seguridad en Caso de Inundacion)
Children and Disasters  Stay Healthy After the Flood
Stay Safe After the Flood; this Federal Emergency Management Agency fact sheet FloodsRed Cross Flood SafetyEmergency Kit ChecklistFlood History and Causes

Family Emergency Planning
Major Transportation Routes & Transportation Coordination
Shelter Information