Potential flooding on the way ~ Learn how to minimize your damage ~
Posted on 2/13/2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cecily Fong
February 13, 2009
Bismarck, ND - With potential flooding this spring, now is the time to assess flood risk and take steps to mitigate property damage.
"The single most important way to mitigate your damages is to purchase flood insurance," said Greg Wilz, Director of ND Homeland Security. "People who determine there is a real possibility that flooding will affect their property should be purchasing policies now."
Other steps to take:
Move belongings to an upper floor, particularly important papers, valuables, photos and other irreplaceable items.
Remove carpeting from flood prone areas.
Plug sewer drains to prevent backup.
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.
Make sure sump pumps are operational. Check if your homeowner's policy covers damage due to sump pump failure.
For more information about mitigation, please contact your local emergency manager or the ND Department of Emergency Services at 800-472-2121 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about flood insurance, contact the Federal Flood Insurance Program at www.floodsmart.gov or contact an insurance agent.