Flooding in Midwest: How You Can Stay Safe

The Midwest region in the US is prone to spring flooding as the snow-peaks begin to melt and come down in the form of rains that causes the rivers and streams to spill-over. The Midwest region comprises of twelve states: Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. This region has for the past three years, been incurring the wrath of floods especially in the area adjoining the Northern Mississippi rivers, during the months of March and April.

The National Weather Service had given the warning that people close to Northern Mississippi River as well as the other rivers in the Midwest region are likely to experience flooding. . This year the prediction was that the floods would extend from the northeastern Montana through west Wisconsin and from the Mississippi river to St.Louis.
The Federal Management Agency has stated that March and April has cited that North Dakota, Fargo, Moorhead and Minnesota have been always hit hard by Red River flooding, especially since the past two years. The agency has cited some things that people can take note of so that they are able to prepare themselves for floods and take appropriate precautions for safeguarding their life and property: They are mentioned as under:

1. Have a plan ready: Plan in advance about what you should do when there is flooding. For instance, your family may not be together, when a flood hits; so you should know how you could contact each other and reach in safe place, whenever there is an emergency situation. Keep a list of numbers that you can call for help when needed. Also, there is an emergency number that you can call through your cell phone, which can work without network. An out of town contact is better in such a situation so make arrangement to speak to a long distance friend or relative, you can reach out to. Also since your family members may be working at various places: offices, school, college, daycare etc; make sure that they are well-informed and refreshed about emergency measures to take in the wake of a natural disaster like flooding or storm.

2. Get an emergency kit ready: The emergency kit can be your lease of life, so to say, during flooding. It has been statistically proven that an emergency kit consisting of water, food, medicine, a battery-operated radio can keep you and your family going strong for three days Also carry sand to improve traction, snow shovels to remove snow and enough clothing and blankets to keep warm. Do not forget to take first-aid kit, local maps and cell phone with inverter or solar charger.

3. Protect your home and property: Get a thorough assessment about your home and how much of it is at risk during flooding. For a thousand square feet home with six inch flood, the total losses could be $20,150. It is good to check with a flood insurance agent about what would work best for you. Also please note that flood policies take 30 days to become effective, so make sure that you buy it right now so as to protect your property from an eventuality.