Sign up to receive alerts when water in rivers or streams near you is rising to dangerous levels.
From the U.S. Geological Survey:
To sign up go to WaterAlert and select a specific site. Then select the preferred delivery method (email or text), whether you want hourly or daily notifications about river data, and the specific water levels at which you want to be notified.
From the National Weather Service:
A large swath of the North Central United States is at risk of moderate to major flooding this spring. This area extends from northeastern Montana through western Wisconsin and along the Mississippi River south to St. Louis. For the third consecutive year, forecasters predictmajor flooding along the Red River of the North, which forms the state line between eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota.
Some advice to prepare for spring flooding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) blog:
- Make a plan – Your family may not be together when a flood hits, so it’s important to know how you will contact one another, how you will meet up in a safe place and what you will do in case of an emergency. Not sure where to start? Ready.gov has a great checklist for making your family emergency plan.
- Get a kit – An emergency kit can be your life line after an emergency. It should sustain yourself and your family for up to three days. For flood prone areas, keeping your important documents in a sealed, airtight container will keep them safe from water damage. See other tips on getting your emergency kit in tip-top shape.
- Know your risk – One of the most important steps of being prepared is to find out if your home is at risk for flooding. After you know you risk, check out this tool to estimate the financial impact a flood could have your home.
- Protect your property – A final step to make sure you’re prepared for flooding is to purchase flood insurance. Unfortunately, most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage. Talk to your insurance provider about your policy and consider flood insurance coverage.
Flood policies typically take 30 days to become effective, so make sure to purchase flood insurance as a way to prepare before potential flooding.