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Ask Tess: Can you give me some tips to prepare for floods?

Dear Tess,

With all the flooding that is going on in the U.S., do you have any tips on how to prepare our homes?

Sincerely,

Edna Short

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Answer:

Edna,

Your question has impeccable timing. Not only are families struggling to make ends meet, now they could be displaced due to the flood plains. 90% of the damage related to all natural disasters (excluding droughts) is caused by floods and debris flows. There are some protective measures that you can take to prepare your home before a flood threatens [2].

To prepare for a flood, you should:

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If a flood is likely in your area, you should:

You can read more on this disaster concern here [2].  I hope this helps.

Thanks again for your question.

Tess

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