Governor Culver has proclaimed March as Flood Awareness Month. The proclamation kicked off a month-long public information campaign to educate Iowans about flood insurance, disaster precautions and other safety facts. Flood awareness is important, as Iowa is still recovering from the floods and storms of 2008. The 2008 disaster was the worst natural disaster to strike the state and is considered one of the largest disasters on record in U.S. history.

Throughout March, the Rebuild Iowa Office, the Iowa Insurance Division, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division will share flood-related information and safety tips with the media and the public.

Officials also want to make sure Iowans are aware of the availability of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). According to the NFIP, a home located in a flood plain has a seven times greater risk of having a flood than a fire. Iowans can find out whether a particular community is enrolled in the program by visiting the Rebuild Iowa Office’s Web site at

Iowans can also learn more about flood safety tips and how to create a family emergency plan at

www.rio.iowa.gov.www.bereadyiowa.org.