Flood

    Do you know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning?

    After the flood is over, do you know what safety precautions you need to take?

    Our GET PREPARED and GET HELP sections will help you deal with floods — before and after.

    WHN TIP – Be safe, be smart and be prepared!


  • Keep Your Focus on Safety This Summer

    June is National Safety Month. With that in mind, here are three areas where you can up your safety quotient. (Visit the NSC website for more information and downloadable resources.) Emergency Preparedness Whether caused by a natural disaster, health issue or an accident, emergencies can happen at any time. And even with 9-1-1, there’s still […]

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  • Hurricanes: Lessons from Katrina

    By Tom D’Antoni, guest columnist We know by now that the Katrina disaster was storm-driven, but the flood was caused by faulty levees. Since the water left town, the people in New Orleans have learned more than they wanted to know about dealing with insurance companies. Here are their stories. Choose the Right Insurance Jazz […]

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  • Flash Flooding: Preparation and Survival

    As pleasant as a rainfall can be, it can quickly turn into a dangerous flooding situation. Four Ways to Be Prepared Learn if your home or place of business is in a flood-prone area. Designate a meeting place ahead of time in case of evacuation and have essential survival items handy. Have an emergency plan […]

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  • Spring Floods — 5 Tasks to Do Now Before They Occur

    Spring heralds the arrival of warmer weather but it can also lead to spring floods. Here is what you need to know about spring floods from Ready.gov and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). While flooding can occur at any time of the year, some areas such can be more at risk at certain times […]

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  • Water Damage in Your Home? Here’s What to Do!

    Homeowners are 26 times more likely to experience a flood than a fire, according to the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America. So, if your home experiences water damage (and given those odds, it looks likely….), here are some water damage and mold clean-up tips from Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist […]

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  • Mudslides: Preparation and Survival

    After a heavy rain or rapid snowmelt, mudslides can occur. Also known as debris flows, they are a common type of fast-moving landslide that tends to flow in channels. According to the CDC, mudslides are more likely in the following areas: Where wildfires or human modification of the land have destroyed vegetation; Where landslides have occurred before; Steep […]

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  • 5 Tips for Dealing With Mosquitoes

    Large amounts of pooled water after a flood or other natural disaster could lead to an increase in mosquito populations. The majority of these mosquitoes will be pests and will not carry communicable diseases. Here are some mosquito facts and prevention tips: Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset Local, state, and federal health […]

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  • When a Flood Watch or Warning Is Issued

    WHN TIP – Get the FEMA App: Download the free FEMA Alert App to get severe weather alerts, maps of disaster resources and other helpful information in case of natural disasters. Information is in English and Spanish and available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices. Be safe, be smart. Stay alert. Monitor your National […]

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  • Flood Watches and Warnings

    FLOOD WATCH is issued for situations related to widespread general flooding. FLOOD WARNING is issued when flooding of a normally dry area near a stream or other water source is expected RIVER FLOOD WARNING is issued when a river at a gauge site is expected to, or has, exceeded flood stage. FLASH FLOOD WATCH is […]

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  • Purchasing Flood Insurance

    One of the most important things that you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to purchase a flood insurance policy – even if you don’t live in a flood-prone area. Flood insurance provides year-round financial protection and improves your ability to quickly recover when severe storms strike and cause […]

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