Because of Sarasota County’s location on the Gulf of Mexico, flat topography, and sub-tropical climate, it is susceptible to coastal, riverine, and urban flooding from heavy rains, tropical storms, hurricanes and storm surge.
Learn more about flood hazards by attending our Flood Zone Workshops. These workshops will be especially helpful to residents, professional lenders, insurance agents and real estate agents. County staff will be available for questions and answers.
Homeowners associations may schedule our latest workshop on how to file a flood claim. This presentation focuses on the steps policy owners need to take BEFORE A FLOOD OCCURS to ensure a flood claim is processed successfully. Your Community Rating System Coordinator is available to review these important tips at your next association meeting.
- Contact Des Companion 861-5000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule.
- Contact the NFIP Referral Call Center at (888) 379-9531 to request an agent referral.
- For more information about insurance visit www.floodsmart.gov.
Sarasota County is a “Storm Ready County". During an actual emergency or threatening weather, follow the instructions of the Emergency Services Chief.
Floods are the most common and recurring natural disaster in Sarasota County as well as the rest of the nation. Don’t drive in flooded conditions. Learn about the power of moving water.
Remember to "turn around - don't drown”!
Stay informed about weather conditions. Use the radio (tune to 1450 AM or 970 AM) as a reliable source of information and instruction. If flooding is present or imminent, be ready to evacuate if directed by emergency personnel.
Report downed power lines, leaking gas lines or blocked storm drains to the county immediately at 861-5000.
Protect yourself from flood dangers
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Be Flood Smart
Being flood smart includes protecting yourself and your property.
- Be sure major appliances, electric switchboxes, outlets and heating equipment are well above potential flood levels.
- Raise your electrical system components.
Protect your property from flood hazards
- follow building requirements,
- elevate your utilities,
- flood-proof, build with flood resistant materials,
- raise electrical components,
- install sewer backflow valves,
- keep your lawn waste and trash out of storm drains and waterways.
If you see blocked storm drains or ditches/waterways, report it by calling the contact center at 861-5000. Call Sarasota County at 861-5000 for a property protection consultation or site visit to evaluate your drainage and retrofitting options.
Sarasota County enforces specific building regulations to protect people and buildings from flooding while maintaining natural floodplain functions. Find out what permits are required. Be aware of the substantial improvement, substantial damage, and the 50% rule! Hire a Licensed Contractor.
- Visit Sarasota County Planning and Development Services for more information.