CONCERNING FLOOD INSURANCE: Flood insurance must be in effect 30 days before a home is covered.
Spring Flood Outlook, March 28, 2014 (Powerpoint)
Benton County Flood Zones (GIS Mapping)
Note: In the layer list on the left of the map, you must click on "Natural Features/Resources" and check "FEMA Flood Zone - NEW".
Emergency management encourages residents to monitor weather reports and remain cautious. In addition:
- Heed all local warnings. Listen to news and directions from their local and state officials. If told to evacuate, do so.
- Have a family disaster plan. Identify evacuation routes and a site away from the disaster area where family members can meet.
- Even if you haven't been affected by past flooding, you still need to be prepared.
- Disaster officials suggest having "go kits," that include a battery-powered radio, nonperishable food, bottled water, a flashlight with extra batteries and essential prescription medicine.
Floods: Protecting Your Health from the Minnesota Department of Health, information includes:
- Protect Yourself
- Home Clean Up
- Caring for Yourself
- Flood Information for Responders
- Immunizations during Flood Response
- Health and Safety Tips for Volunteers (PDF)
Floods: Emergency Preparedness and Response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Before the Storm
- Disaster Health & Safety Concerns
- After the Storm
- Floods in Cold Weather
- Worker Safety
FEMA: Flood Response in the Midwest (http://www.fema.gov/hazard/midwestfloods.shtm)
Ready: Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed. (http://www.ready.gov/)
National Flood Insurance Program: Flood Smart (http://Floodsmart.gov)
UMN Extension Flood Preparation Site