Bismarck, ND - With higher than normal snow fall amounts, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services reminds North Dakotans to prepare for potential spring flooding.
"Forecasts right now indicate some areas of North Dakota will most likely experience some type of flooding," said Greg Wilz, ND Director of Homeland Security. "We can't predict how severe the flooding will be because it depends on the amount of precipitation we receive going forward and how quickly the thaw occurs in various portions of the state."
People should take steps now to get ready for the impact of flooding, such as:
Consider purchasing flood insurance if property is located in an area likely to flood. Visit www.floodsmart.gov or contact an insurance agent for more information.
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.
Be prepared to evacuate. Identify a location, potential evacuation routes, and thoroughly discuss evacuation 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."