Red River Valley Braces For Another Spring Flood

Disaster Response
Important to get prepared now.

The National Weather Service is warning that there could be record flooding this spring along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota and the American Red Cross has steps people can take to be prepared.

This would be the fourth major flood in the area in five years. Melting of the snow pack and major rainfall in the area add to the threat. The mayor of Fargo is asking for volunteers to help make half a million sandbags to add to the 750,000 already on hand.

FLOODING SAFETY STEPS Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Everyone should know the difference between a flood watch and warning. A flood or flash flood watch means either is possible in your area. A warning means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon.

People should get their household ready now and build an emergency kit, including three days of supplies for everyone in the household.Water (one gallon per person per day), nonperishable food, a flashlight, battery-powered or hand-crank radio, extra batteries, a first aid kit, a 7-day supply of medications, a multi-purpose tool, sanitation and personal hygiene items and copies of important personal documents should go in every kit. The Red Cross also recommends having at least two weeks worth of supplies at home. A variety of emergency preparedness kits, first aid kits and other supplies are available at www.redcrossstore.org.

You’ll be better prepared to withstand a flood if you have the following items available – packed and ready to go in case you need to evacuate your home:

  • Cell phone and chargers
  • Extra cash
  • Maps of the area
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • An extra set of keys for the house and car
  • Extra clothing and sturdy shoes
  • Rain gear
  • Insect repellent and sunscreen
  • Camera to take photos of any damage
  • Other steps people can take to stay safe should flooding threaten can be found on this web site.

    DOWNLOAD FREE APPS Another thing people can do to help get ready is to download the free Red Cross apps for mobile devices. Apps are available to help during hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and wildfires, another which puts first aid information at someone’s fingertips and another that helps locate Red Cross shelters. The free apps are available for direct download from the Appleor Google Play for Android app stores.

    About the American Red Cross:
    The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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