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  1. No region is safe from flooding. All 50 states are subject to flash floods.
  2. Flash floods can bring walls of water from 10 to 20 feet high.
  3. A car can be taken away in as little as 2 feet of water.
  4. To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  5. Flooding is caused by spring thawing (snow and frozen grounds melting in the spring), heavy rains, snow melt runoffs, flash floods, and mudflows.
  1. Floods are the most widespread natural disaster aside from wildfires. 90% of all U.S. natural disasters declared by the President involve some sort of flooding.
  2. In preparation for a flood, it is important to stock up on first aid items, non-perishable foods, 3 gallons of water per person for 3 days, battery operated radio for weather reports, extra batteries, personal hygiene necessities.
  3. Based on Floodsmart, a 2,000 square foot home undergoing 12” of water damage could cost more than $50,000.
  4. Since flood damage is almost never covered by homeowners insurance, flood insurance is important for people living in high-risk flood zones.
  5. To stay safe during a flood, go to the highest ground of floor possible. If your skin comes in contact with flood water, make sure to wash it with soap and disinfected water because the contents are unknown.
  6. Communities particularly at risk are those located in low-lying areas, near water, or downstream from a dam.

Sources

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    Emergency Management Institute. "Types of Floods and Floodplains." National Preparedness Directorate National Training and Education. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    FEMA Disaster Assistance. "Resources - Flood Facts." Flood Facts. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    FEMA Disaster Assistance. "Resources - Flood Facts." Flood Facts. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    Government Documents Dept.. "Create Results-Oriented Incentives to Reduce the costs of a Disaster." Federal Emergency Management Agency. April 7, 2014. .

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    FEMA. "Spring Flooding: Risks and Protection." Ready.gov. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    "Flood Facts." Palm Beach County. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    FEMA. "Floods." Ready.gov. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

  • 8

    FEMA. "Cost of Flooding | Measure Flood Damage | Flood Tool." FloodSmart. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

  • 9

    Cohn, Emily. "Flood Insurance In Northeast Is Rare." The Huffington Post. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    FEMA. "Preparation & Recovery." Flood Smart. Accessed April 7, 2014. .

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    Ready.gov. "Flood Safety Day: Prepare For The Number One Weather-Related Killer." Georgia Weather Emergency Checklist Ready Kit. Accessed April 7, 2014. .