Welcome to Spring 2017….. get ready for spring showers

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At 6:28 a.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 – we officially hit spring 2017. This is the time the sun crosses over from the southern to the northern hemisphere, shining directly on the equator. Welcome to Spring 2017!

And, while spring is an indication of rebirth as evidenced by all the budding flowers, the greening of the grass and the birth of many new young birds and animals, along with it comes spring showers, something of which the Federal Emergency Management Association warns we should be aware. With those showers comes the possibility of flooding. FEMA warns that floods are the most common and costly natural disaster in the United States. The organization shared some things to keep in mind as the spring flood season draws near.

•Never drive or walk through flooded streets. It only takes six inches of moving water to sweep a person off their feet (and not in the romantic way) and 12 inches to move a car. Remember, if a street is flooded, Turn Around; Don’t Drown.

•Floods are expensive. A few inches of water in a 1,000-square foot home could cost more than $10,000 in repairs and replacement of personal possessions. Visits FEMA’s data visualization website to learn more about the costs and impacts of floods in your state

•Most insurance does not cover flood damage. Only flood insurance will cover the damage from floods. Speak with your insurance agent to learn more and remember flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect, so purchase now to protect your family!

•Talk with your family and make an emergency plan for you and your pets. No matter the disaster, it’s always a good idea to have emergency supplies ready at home, at work, and in the car.

You can learn more about the dangers of flooding and find information about flood insurance at Ready.gov/floods and Floodsmart.gov. There also is a Flood Safety Social Media Toolkit so you can share tips with your friends and family. The information is at www.ready.gov/flood-toolkit.

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