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50 Years of the National Flood Insurance Program (1968-2018)


Since 1968, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) has aimed to reduce the impact of flooding on private and public structures. It does so by providing affordable insurance to property owners, renters and businesses and by encouraging communities to adopt and enforce floodplain management regulations.

Important facts on flood insurance:

  • Floods can happen anywhere. More than 20% of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zone.
  • Flood insurance can pay regardless of whether or not there is a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
  • Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage.
  • Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and you have to pay them back. FEMA offers disaster grants that don’t need to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what’s needed to recover. A claim against your flood insurance policy could, and often does, provide more funds for recovery than those you could qualify for from FEMA or the SBA – and you don’t have to pay it back.

FEMA NFIP Video: https://bit.ly/2L1Ve4w


08.06.2018:   34 Ohio Students Recognized in Annual Severe Weather Poster Contest
07.26.2018:   Athens County, with huge backlog of road projects, to get some FEMA funds
07.24.2018:   State program helps cut cost of storm safe rooms
07.20.2018:   Fire and possible explosion rocked area in south Akron
07.10.2018:   Muskingum County: New notification system will warn residents of possible dangers
06.20.2018:   National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 24-30


Sima Merick, Executive Director

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Notice of Funding Opportunity

Nonprofits Security Grants Program (NSGP)

Period of Performance:
September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2021

The purpose of the NSGP is to provide federal funds to states to assist nonprofit organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack through support for eligible physical security enhancements and other security activities.



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Emergency Contact Information
Next of Kin

Add emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation. You can also allow your emergency contact person(s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.