If you are out and about looking around you can tell that we are finally transitioning between seasons. Winter, which is supposed to be over according to the calendar, is preparing to ease its way out and allow the next season to make its presence known – flood season. The snow is starting to melt and the plans to address the impending flood are already in high gear. It looks like we have about a week, maybe two, until this becomes our primary focus.
So please allow me to point out that your pre-flood grace period has arrived. You should take this next week and use it to make sure that you are prepared for the excitement and flurry of activities that flood season brings. You should make sure that your home and your family are prepared (to include your finned, scaled, feathered, and furry family). When the whole community is in the thick of the fight is not the time to start thinking about what you will do if you need to evacuate.
Here is a short list of tips for area residents:
For you and your family: Get a suitcase out and have it packed with a few days’ clothes and necessities; get your pet’s carrier and supplies ready; keep a couple of extra weeks of medication on hand; make a list of key phone numbers and home insurance company information and keep it in your wallet; keep your gas tank at least half full; and, register for CodeRED today – a free community notification system that will contact your cell/home or work phone directly with emergency notifications such as a evacuation order (Cass/Fargo – Clay).
For your home: Move the things you can’t bear to lose up to a higher level; at the very least elevate electronics that may be sitting on or close to the floor on your lowest level; if you have storage in boxes on your lowest level, put them in plastic tubs; do a daily check on your sump pump (says the woman who had two sump pump failures within about six months of each other in 2010-2011); and, don’t leave pets isolated on the lowest level of your home while you are away and the area is in peak vulnerability.
Think ahead and spend an hour or so taking precautions now. We have been very fortunate in this area over the years, but that fortune could change in an instant. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst…and prepare now.
Day one thousand three hundred and fifty-six of the new forty – obla di obla da