Prepare for floods
Although the current flood forecast is generally mild, Extension Climatologist Mark Seeley reminds Minnesotans to watch for updates and be prepared for the less predictable flash flooding that can occur from spring through fall.
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 Make a Grab and Go File for Emergencies
- Make a plan to protect your family and pets
- Start an emergency fund before disaster strikes
Prepare your home to resist seasonal flooding.
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.
USDA — A failure to plant the insured crop with the proper equipment by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy.
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.
Flood fact sheets
- Talk to children about floods (407 K PDF)
- Make a Grab and Go File 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)