Spring Floods Headed Minnesota’s Way
March 14th through 18th Marks 2011 Flood Awareness Week
As the temperatures continue to climb and the snow melts, Minnesota homeowners are being encouraged to consider getting flood insurance. All it takes is a few inches of water to cause major damage to your home and its contents.
Preparing For Possible Flooding
With many communities throughout the nation facing threats of spring flooding, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are once again joining forces to commemorate Flood Safety Awareness Week March 14 – 18.
As the nation’s most common and expensive natural disaster, floods can strike virtually every community. We’re encouraging individuals and families to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and their property. These include learning about their risk of flooding, having an emergency preparedness kit, storing important documents in a safe place and considering the purchase of flood insurance. Most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover flooding, and most policies take 30 days to go into effect so it’s important to act now!
Flood Insurance Information For Minnesota Residents
Floods do more than damage property; they can also threaten lives if safety precautions are not followed. Floods occur somewhere in the United States or its territories nearly every day of the year, killing nearly 100 people on average annually, and causing damage in the billions of dollars. Awareness, preparedness and action are the key ingredients to protecting lives and property when floods threaten.
According to the National Weather Service, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard. The main reason is people underestimate the force and power of water. All areas of the country can be at risk for flooding and when such conditions are forecast, important information and life-saving alerts are available online.
Minnesota Communities Participating in the National Flood Program.pdf Download
Flood Insurance Information for Minnesotans.pdf Download