3.17.14 Flood Safety Awareness Week

Published 03/17 2014 07:54PM

Updated 03/17 2014 08:06PM

This week, March 17-21, is National Flood Safety Awareness Week. In Northern New England and Northern New York, flooding is most common during the spring and summer months. Spring flooding often results from snow melt and ice jams, while summer flooding typically occurs in localized heavy rain events.

On a national scale, flooding causes more damage and deaths than any other weather event. In Vermont and New York, 2011 will always be remembered for the floods associated with Irene, but prior to that the high water mark for many was 1927. Flooding can cause millions in damage over a very short period of time. Learn more about various types of flooding, and the risks associated with each, here.

While you can't stop water from rising, you can be prepared to safety deal with flooding. That starts with knowing your flood risk and elevation, and making sure you have appropriate insurance to cover your property. Learn more about that here.

Because flooding can strike quickly, always have an emergency kit ready to go. That should include bottled water, non-perishable foods, a first aid kit, rubber boots, gloves, batteries, and a battery powered radio. Also make sure you know an evacuation route.

Of course it's also prudent to keep up with weather forecasts, and understand the difference between Flood Watches and Flood Warning. A watch means flooding is possible, and to remain on guard, while a warning requires immediate action as flooding is imminent or occurring.

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