Prepare for floods
Although the current flood forecast is generally mild to moderate, Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley reminds Minnesotans to watch for updates and be prepared for the less predictable flash flooding that often occurs in spring and summer.
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University of Minnesota, Minnesota State Climatology Office, Department of Natural Resources — The most up-to-date information on Minnesota weather conditions.
Five steps to prepare your family for floods
- Review your insurance coverage before disaster strikes
- Inventory your household property using List it or lose it: The case for household and property inventory
- Protect your important financial documents using Red file: Your grab & go case for emergency situations
- Make a plan to protect your family and pets
- Start an emergency fund before disaster strikes
This 2013 Flood Resource Fair: for professionals working with families and Know the FACTS of Resilience webinar was held April 18 for family serving professionals. (Resources included for NW MN, MN and ND, and national use).
Financial Preparation for Disasters and Emergencies — FEMA; co-presented by University of Minnesota Extension— Webinar recorded April 2013 discusses how to incorporate financial preparedness tools, like Recovery After Disaster: The Family Financial Toolkit, into local disaster education efforts.
Prepare your lawn for moisture stress.
Prepare your home to resist seasonal flooding. Print fact sheet (398 K PDF)
Other housing resources we recommend
- Advice for field staff who may come into contact with bed bugs during flood response (95 K PDF) — Minnesota Department of Health
- Floods: General Tips for Reducing Flood and Water Damage Inside the Home — eXtension: Cooperative Extension System — Things you can do to reduce water and flood damage in your home.
- Steps to Reduce Flood and Water Damage — North Dakota State University — Checklist helps you reduce severe damage to your home and property.
- Water-Related Emergencies and Outbreaks - Septic Systems — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Prepare your septic system before an emergency such as a flood.
- Drinking Water Emergency Preparedness — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Identify issues to prepare for floods that may threaten the health of your family.
Plan for a safe location, feed, water, loss of power, injury, transportation and more.
Plan if your facility is in a low area, close to a stream or river, or in or near a flood plain.
Explains how some livestock sales may be tax deferred during weather related disasters.
Prepare for major widespread spring flooding: take an inventory of problem low spots from previous years, protect feed and bedding, check road spring load restrictions from MNDOT, and more.
Other farm resources we recommend
- Prevented Planting Insurance Provisions: Flood (PDF) — USDA — A failure to plant the insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy...
Flood fact sheets
- Talk to children about floods (407 K PDF)
- Red File: Your grab & go case for emergencies (382 K PDF)
- Preparing your home for floods (398 K PDF)
- Preparing livestock in a flood zone (354 K PDF)
- Preparing wells and septic systems for a flood (396 K PDF)
Shared Extension flood resources
Other prepare resources we recommend
- Watersheds and Floods — University of Minnesota Extension and University of North Dakota — An interview on watersheds, why the Red River floods and how impacts can be reduced.
- Before the Flood — North Dakota State University — Includes information on sump pumps, sandbagging and generators.
- eXtension: Cooperative Extension System — Floods: Prepare | Plan for a Flood | Reduce Potential for Future Flood Damage
- Disaster Handbook: Flood Preparedness and Response (650 K PDF) — University of Wisconsin Extension Service — The complete Extension resource.
- Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) — A collaborative multi-state effort by Extension Services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.
- Red River Basic Decision Information Network — Red River Basin Decision Information Network
- 511 Traffic and Road Conditions — Dial 511 — Minnesota Department of Transportation — Weather, construction, delays and more, online or by phone at 5-1-1.
- Minnesota Duty Officer Program — 800-422-0798 (Greater Minnesota only) or 651-649-5451 (Twin Cities Metro Area) — Homeland Security and Emergency Management — Assistance and additional resources for a wide range of emergency situations, including reporting hazardous spills.
- Emergency & Community Health Outreach (ECHO) — 1-888-883-8831 — Minnesota/North Dakota flood resources in several languages common in Minnesota, Severe weather warnings.
- Lake Level Minnesota — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources — Get information for specific lakes with the Lake Finder.
- Severe Weather Awareness — Minnesota Department of Public Safety: Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management — Subscribe to email announcements and updates.
- Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery — Minnesota Department of Health —Individual and family preparedness, emergency communications, legal issues and more.
- Are You Ready? — FEMA — Asks you pertinent flood preparation questions depending on what scenario you may encounter.
- DisasterAssistance.gov — Collaboration of U.S. Government agencies — Use this questionnaire to determine if you qualify for assistance. Additional information on how to get help from the U.S. Government before, during and after a disaster.
- Emergency response plan - Guidance for wastewater systems — This 83 page report references information and data that should be included in an emergency response plan.