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Potential flooding on the way
Assess, plan and prepare

Posted on 2/17/2010

February 17, 2010701-328-8100

Bismarck, ND - The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services (NDDES) says now is the time to prepare and assess flood risk and take steps to mitigate property damage.

"With potential flooding this spring, it is important to start the planning and preparation process now," said Greg Wilz, Director of Homeland Security. "People should assess their risk, decide whether to purchase a flood insurance policy and consider the supplies you will potentially need this year like sand and sand bags and the amount of each that you will need to safeguard your property."

Other steps to take:

  • Clear snow from foundations and basement windows.
  • Ensure eave troughs are clear of snow, ice or other debris. Use extenders on downspouts to direct water away from your home.
  • Move belongings to an upper floor, particularly important papers, valuables, photos and other irreplaceable items. Consider removing carpeting from basements.
  • Put all hazardous materials in a flood-safe storage area.
  • Plug sewer drains to prevent backup.
  • Make sure sump pumps are operational.
  • Contact your insurance agent to check coverage of sump pump failure and sewer backup.

Another important step to take is to prepare a basic emergency supply kit for every member of your family as well as household pets. A complete list of what your emergency supply kit should contain can be found at:


For more information about mitigation, please contact your local emergency manager or NDDES at 1-800-472-2121 or nddes@nd.gov.

For more information about flood insurance, contact the Federal Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov or contact an insurance agent.
For other flood preparedness information, please visit the "Get Ready, Get Set, Get Safe" section of the NDDES website:


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The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services provides 24/7 emergency communications and resource coordination with more than 50 lead and support agencies, private enterprise, and voluntary organizations to assist local jurisdictions in disaster and emergency response activities. It administers federal disaster recovery programs and the Homeland Security Grant Program.

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