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Simple steps help families prepare for flooding, other natural disasters

March 13, 2019

St. Paul, Minn. (3/13/2019)—Now’s the time to make essential  preparations if you’re in an area that could be affected by flooding—or simply to be ready for any natural disaster.

Aerial view of flood.

"A few steps can prevent added stress at a time when we can least afford it: after disaster strikes,” said Lori Hendrickson, University of Minnesota Extension family resilience educator.

Extension recommends measures including the following:

  • Review what is and isn’t covered by existing insurance; talk with your insurance agent. Thirty-day gaps between when insurance is purchased and when it goes into effect may exist.
  • Make a grab-and-go file of critical documents and paperwork. Make sure stored in an airtight container and small enough to carry in a backpack or small travel bag.
  • Create a family plan for emergencies. Extension resources include tips on talking with children about emergencies in an age-appropriate manner.  

“The possibility of flooding after this snowy winter underscores the need to be ready. Even for families unlikely to affected by flooding, it’s a good time to assess what you need to do to be prepared for any disaster,” said Sara Croymans, Extension family resilience educator.     

Extension also offers a toolkit to help families recover financially after a disaster, which can be digitally saved and is printable. The toolkit was prepared with North Dakota State University Extension Service and has received national recognition since its introduction in 2013.

To learn more about family resilience and emergencies, visit z.umn.edu/disasterprep19.

Allison Sandve, Extension news media manager, ajsandve@umn.edu, 612-626-4077 (office) or 651-492-0811 (mobile).

Contact Extension Communications at extnews@umn.edu.

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