Bismarck, ND - With flooding imminent in many areas in North Dakota, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services reminds North Dakotans to prepare now for spring flooding.
"Flooding is now occurring in some areas of North Dakota and other locations will likely experience some type of flooding as the melt continues," said Greg Wilz, ND Director of Homeland Security. "We can't predict how severe the flooding will be or where it will occur because it depends on the amount of precipitation we receive going forward and how quickly the thaw occurs in various portions of the state. Stay updated about predictions and forecasts in your area."
Assemble an emergency supply kit containing an all-hazards radio, food, water, and other supplies that will last at least three days. Remember to think about specific needs of children or pets as well. Be sure to organize a first aid kit and include required medicines.
If you think your basement may be impacted by seepage or flood waters, consider removing furniture, including carpeting, and moving to a higher level in your home.
Be prepared to relocate if flooding impacts your home. Identify a location, your community's evacuation routes, and thoroughly discuss your plans with your family. It is extremely important to choose a location family members will meet if you or others become separated. Choose an out-of-town contact everyone can call to get needed information.
Flooding is the most common hazard in the United States; however, with planning and some preparation, the impact can be minimized. "What we want people to do right now is to take stock of their situation and to be aware there is a very high likelihood North Dakota will have some flooding," said Wilz. "With a little preparation, people can do a lot to keep themselves and their families safe."
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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.