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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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  • Farm Animals and Natural Disasters

    Farm animals not only can suffer injuries during a disaster but can also receive fresh injuries after the storm if not handled properly. Here are some of the things that can be done in the immediate aftermath of the storm or flood when animals must be handled, relocated or examined. Take Proper Precautions Ensure your own […]

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  • Returning Home After a Disaster: What Supplies to Bring

    If you are returning home to clean or salvage items, here’s a list of suggested supplies and items to bring with you. WHN Expert TIP – Water Damage Clean-Up Tips: Greg Kistler, a ServPro cleanup and restoration specialist from South Washington County in Minnesota, provides water damage cleanup advice in this podcast. Was the disaster fire-related? Greg also […]

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  • Property Damage: 8 Actions to Expect From Your Agent

    What Your Agent Will Do Here are some actions your insurance agent may take after you file a claim. Meet with you in the first few days after the loss (or when it is physically possible) to review additional living expense requirements. (See 17 Items to Gather and Tasks to Do After a Disaster) Provide money to pay living expenses, but […]

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