I now have a special section on this website to help journalists who are covering the dangerous Hurricane Irene.

Floods cause even more damage in hurricanes than straight winds.  The government updates flood maps, so there is a good chance people do not know their new flood zone.

As FloodSmart.gov says:

“FEMA has published almost 100,000 individual Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). See your map and learn how to read it so you can make informed decisions about protecting your property, both financially and structurally. ”