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Flood and Natural Disaster Resources from K-State Research and Extension

Spring 2019. A season likely to be remembered for precipitation, flooding and the constant possibility of severe weather. K-State Research and Extension has curated a group of natural disaster preparedness and response resources from K-State researchers, specialists and extension agents as well as from our colleagues from around the region, including specific tips for dealing with flooding. Access them here.

 

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#FloodSafety– Know these #Wx Alert Terms

#Floods are the most common natural disaster in the U.S.

Timely info on weather conditions like a flood can make a big difference. Sign up for local alerts & warnings and review the following terms.

A flood watch means “Be Aware” because conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

A flood warning means “Take Action!” because flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

A flash flood warning means flooding is occurring. Seek higher ground immediately. Listen to local officials.

Keep your communication ON when the power’s OFF with a hand-crank radio, solar or car phone charger and batteries.

 

 

#WildfirePrepDay

Saturday, May 4 is WILDFIRE COMMUNITY PREPAREDNESS DAY. Learn more about how you can take part in community activities here.

This is also the time to prepare yourself and your family for wildfires. Get started with these simple actions.

1. Have a communication plan for how you will get information and stay in touch with loved ones.

2. Create a 30-foot zone of defensible space around your home.

3. Determine if you have sufficient insurance coverage to protect your property.

 

Saving — the best financial defense against disasters!

Are you financially prepared ahead of a disaster? Regular saving can pay off in so many ways, especially in case of a disaster or emergency. Setting aside a little bit each month through savings is a great way to start. Not sure how to begin? Focus on small steps and making progress every day.

Here are some ideas:

  • Save $1, $2, $5, or $10 a day, plus pocket change, in a can or jar. Deposit it monthly into a savings account targeted for emergencies.
  • Buy one less soda, coffee, latte, doughnut, snack food, lottery ticket, newspaper, etc.and deposit the money you would have spent in your change can or jar.
  • Join a work-related savings program (e.g., 401(k), credit union) and save part of each day’s pay.

You never know when a disaster will happen. Prepare for disasters now for peace of mind later!